Greenleaf Crohn's and Colitis
Awareness Resolution Receives Senate Approval
HARRISBURG –A resolution sponsored
by Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf to designate May 2007
as "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Awareness
Month" received unanimous consent from the
In remarks on the Senate floor, the
senator said that the issue of inflammatory bowel
disease (IBD)—which includes Crohn's Disease and
Ulcerative Colitis—was brought to his attention by a
constituent, Ken Gioffre of Huntingdon Valley. Mr.
Gioffre's son, Nick, currently a high school senior
planning to attend Drexel University, was diagnosed
with Crohn's Disease at the age of 10 and has been
under treatment ever since to control the
condition. The father and son were present in the
Senate gallery for the resolution's approval.
Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative
Colitis are incurable conditions, but are often
controllable with the right treatments, diet
regimen, and careful monitoring. However,
two-thirds of those who suffer from IBD require
surgery at some point in their lives.
The conditions afflict people of all
ages and from all walks of life, and as many as 0ne
million Americans have been diagnosed with Crohn's
Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Ten percent of IBD
patients are children under the age of 18.
Greenleaf noted that, in addition to
the resolution, he is offering a bill to assist
people with IBD in their need for restroom access in
"Research on these often painful and
life-altering conditions and support for those who
suffer with them is provided by such organizations
as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America,"
said Greenleaf. The foundation has an office in
Trevose, and the senator noted that the Philadelphia
area is a well-known hub for research on Crohn's
Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. "The hope is that
new therapies will be found and that one day there
will be a cure," the senator said.