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The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals Announce 2009 Celebrating UC Success Contest Winners
Date:6/24/2009

icult. Jenny believes that laughter is the best medicine -- it breaks the ice and brings a sense of warmth to ease anxiety. She also encourages UC patients to treat themselves to stress relievers like spa treatments, being outdoors with friends and getting plenty of rest.

"Last year, we were so excited to see the passion that UC patients expressed in their essays and their willingness to share and help others in the community. This year, we wanted to build on the 2008 contest's success and bring together patients to share their inspirational experiences and advice to further make an impact in the lives of others," says Dan Hecht, General Manager - North America Pharmaceuticals. "We're proud that UCSuccess.org has truly become a resource of inspiration and guidance for many UC patients, and we hope that people affected by UC continue to use the program to promote dialogue among others affected by the disease. We look forward to honoring the 2009 contest winners at an exciting event in Orange County, California."

About Ulcerative Colitis (UC)

UC involves inflammation of the lining of the colon and rectum. It varies in clinical severity with patients having mild, moderate or severe disease. Treatment depends on the extent and severity of disease.

UC causes flares followed by periods of remission. During a flare, in which the rectum or colon become inflamed, people experience symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramping and an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Flares can vary in duration and intensity. While UC is a lifelong condition, medication may help control flares.

UC affects people of all ages, but is often diagnosed during early adulthood. The causes of this condition are unknown, but may involve heredity, infection or the immune system.

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