August 25 2011 - Educational Program on Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Media Contact: (Kris Eschman)

Educational Program on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
An interactive event for patients, families and caregivers in Tyler, TX

(Tyler, TX—08/02/2011) —The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America invites patients, families, and caregivers living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to the educational program Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: What Every Patient Needs to Know. The program will consist of a live and interactive presentation by Kai Xia, MD, as well as a question-and-answer session led by Dr. Kai Xia, Dr. L. Don Freeman, and Dr. Sauyu Lin. The program will be held at the Wisenbaker Conference Center, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital on August 27th, 2011. Registration will begin at 10:00 am, and the program will begin shortly thereafter at 10:30 am. Register today by calling Kris Eschman at 972-386-0607 ext. 303, or online at

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic digestive disorders of the intestines. These illnesses are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD, because many of their symptoms and complications are similar. It is estimated that some 1.4 million Americans suffer from IBD, with approximately 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Topics of discussion will include:
• Overview of inflammatory bowel diseases
• Recognition of symptoms and importance of diagnosis
• Review of current therapies and emerging research
• Management of disease and emotional wellness and resources

This educational program is being provided in part by an educational grant from Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. with no cost to attendees. For more information, contact Kris Eschman at or 972-386-0607 ext.303.
About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health nonprofits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 81 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance ( and the American Institute of Philanthropy ( For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit