A Founder of CCFA has died ...

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   Posted 2/15/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Today's NY Times reports that William Modell, a founder of CCFA, has died of cancer at his home on Long Island in New York. He was 86 yrs old, & is survived by his wife, 2 children, & 9 grandchildren. His son, Michael Modell, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in his younger yrs & died in 2001. In addition to raising millions of dollars for IBD research over four decades, the Modell family has also given strong support to Gilda's Club for ovarian cancer patients, & to immunological research projects. For any UCer who has ever consulted CCFA, this is like losing a member of the extended family. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 2/15/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thoughts and prayer goes out to the family
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   Posted 2/15/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Deepest sympathies to his family. Deepest appreciation to him for helping us all.
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
That is very sad. I read up on his son with Crohn's and was really sad/scared to read he died at only 48 of Hodgkins. I'm guessing because of immune suppressing medicines.
Julie - Mom of Son 16 UC dx 07/02, Sulfasalazine, Imuran, folic acid, L. Reuteri, Zyrtec, Iron, Biotin, Vit/Min
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   Posted 2/16/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Very sad
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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