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Pro Hockey Player Fernando Pisani Looks to Shoot and Score Against Ulcerative Colitis
Date:3/2/2009

ef="http://www.crohnsinthezone.com/" target="_new">www.CrohnsintheZone.com), during the 2008 football season in partnership with professional quarterback, David Garrard. Garrard's efforts on the field resulted in a donation of $170,000 to the CCFA. The funds raised from In the Zone for Crohn's will help support continued Crohn's disease research and disease awareness programs.

"We look forward to continuing our partnership with Centocor Ortho Biotech and collaborating with Fernando Pisani on the In the Zone for UC program," said Richard Geswell, President of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. "We are confident that Fernando's success on the ice and in his everyday life will help inspire people living with inflammatory bowel diseases to join the fight in raising awareness and funds for these debilitating and often misunderstood diseases."

About Fernando Pisani

Fernando Pisani first began experiencing the painful symptoms of UC prior to the start of the 2007-08 season. Pisani experienced significant weight loss, fatigue and found it extremely difficult to keep up with the demands of playing professional hockey. The disease eventually caused Fernando to be sidelined for the first 26 games of the season and his return to his team was questionable. Pisani worked closely with his doctor to develop an effective treatment plan that controlled his symptoms and allowed him to return to the ice. In December 2007, Fernando returned to the ice and played the remainder of the season scoring 13 goals and adding nine assists.

About Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

UC, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting nearly 500,000 people in the U.S., is marked by the inflammation and ulceration of the colonic mucosa, or innermost lining, which may lead to bloody stools, severe diarrhea and frequent abdominal pain. Tiny open sores, or ulcers, form on t
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