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The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and Shire Launch Virtual 'IBD March on the Hill' to Increase Funding for Digestive Disease Research
Date:5/6/2009

/supportccfa) and now we're asking supporters to join us 'virtually' in DC. With this community support, we are one step closer to increasing education and research for IBD."

After the 30,000 steps have been reached, the program will continue to generate awareness of CCFA's efforts to rally advocates to increase awareness of IBD.

"We are excited to work with CCFA to launch an innovative program that engages IBD patients, friends and family members through social networking to increase IBD awareness and research," said Roger Adsett, senior vice president of Shire's gastrointestinal business unit. "We hope this program will continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing education to the IBD patient community and support for CCFA's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill."

For more information on the virtual "IBD March on the Hill" or CCFA's "IBD Day on the Hill," visit www.ccfa.org.

For further information please contact:

    Media    Sarah McGee (GolinHarris)                        +1 312 729 4125
             Matthew Cabrey (Shire)                           +1 484 595 8248
             Ariella Levine (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation)    +1 646 943 7430

About Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's
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