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By Kelli Hoff
UW-RF University Communications

OCT. 28, 2005--The Theta Chi Fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls raised more than $600 for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Members of the fraternity raise money by participating in a charity walk, held at the Mall of America, on Oct. 9.

Crohn's disease and colitis are more commonly known as Irritable Bowel Disease, which affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Each year CCFA holds the walk to raise money to put toward finding a cure for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

Theta Chi participated in the walk last year as well, and had excellent member turnouts both years. Members of the fraternity raised money for the miles they circled while walking around the mall.

Cory Lanoux, of River Falls, Wis., and Oakdale, Minn., is chair of Theta Chi's philanthropy board. Lanoux said 22 brothers participated this year and those would didn't walk sponsored to those who did.

"Most of the money comes from the guys themselves or from other [UW-RF] students," Lanoux said.

Theta Chi's involvement with the walk started because Lanoux's sister Ruby, also a student at UW-RF, has Crohn's disease. She is also a "Theta Chi Dream Girl." She and Cory are both counselors at Camp Oasis, which is a camp for children with the disease.

UW-RF Sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha also joined in the walk this year, after discovering one of its members also has the disease.

It made the event "all the more meaningful for everyone," said Lanoux, "It is a really great thing to see so many people supporting this cause on behalf of people you know."

For more information about Crohn's disease, or to make a donation, visit CCFA's Website at .


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