Mission: The Crohn’s and Colitis Teen Times aims to provide support and create outreach for teens suffering with Crohn’s and Colitis.
Sneha Dave is a freshman at Indiana University. At age 6, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which she has successfully battled with the help of several major surgeries. She founded “The Crohn’s and Colitis Teen Times,” a newsletter designed to support teens with inflammatory bowel disease. In addition, she is a motivational speaker, especially at fundraising events supporting Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, where she received treatment, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Her advocacy efforts have been broadcast on both television and radio, and she was named a 2013-14 Riley Champion by the Riley Children’s Foundation. Sneha blogs as a patient advisor for U.S. News and World Report. A big believer in equal opportunities for children and teens with chronic illnesses, she is working with Riley Children’s Foundation to design a leadership development conference to benefit those youth.
The Leadership Team
Andrea (Andi) is seventeen years old and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 8 and has been put on several different treatment plans. Andi says that she has been blessed with three years of good health, although she has her rough days. She keeps her days packed full of activity and plays volleyball and hopes to train for a half-marathon. Andi loves spending a day in Chicago with friends and family, and she enjoys doing little things for people whether it be making them a cup of tea or writing a simple note to cheer people up.
Ashley is fifteen years old and is a rising sophomore in high school in Illinois. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age six. Outside of school, Ashely dances, loves to travel, as well as enjoys the arts, whether it be fashion, makeup, or drawing. Ashley has been attending Camp Oasis since she was seven and hopes to become a counselor there in the future.
Bethany is 18 years old and is from the United Kingdom. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when she was 10 years old. After taking many different pills, injections, infusions and more, on August 6th 2014 (at 17 years old) Bethany had her large intestine and rectum removed and a permanent ileostomy. Ever since she has been making YouTube videos & helping many people through social media & hopes to help a lot more!
Olivia has been an advocate for Crohn’s and Colitis ever since her diagnosis. She actively participates in Team Challenge, a half marathon group that raises money for IBD. Olivia is fifteen years old and is a high school student in Ohio. She was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 8.
Janena was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2013, which her my freshman year of high school. After getting that diagnoses she switched from public school to online school. Which then lead her to her first job at Jimmy Johns! She has stuck with online school the past three years and has managed her job and school for the past two. She also volunteers with Brooke’s Place very often, with that she is a leader of a support group for 3-5 year olds who have lost a loved one very close to them. Janena says it is such an incredible thing to be apart of and she is very grateful to be apart of it.
Curtis is a senior at Brownsburg High School in Indiana. He has had ulcerative colitis since he was 9 years old. A passion of his is aviation; he is in the process of obtaining his private pilot license. Some of his other interests are baseball, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. He volunteers for several organization and camps including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Camp Oasis. Other organizations he is involved with include Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Indianapolis Archdiocese and Power Alley Baseball Academy. He plans on studying aviation management and unmanned aerial system in college this upcoming Fall.
Do YOU want to become a part of the leadership team? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or if you are interested in writing an article!
Cory Lane ~May 21st, 2013
Crohn’s and Colitis Teen Times is 501(C) (3) nonprofit organization.