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About the Founder – Richard O’Hamill

The founder of The Crohn’s, Colitis, Cancer International Research Foundation, Richard O’Hamill, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1998 and lived with the disease for ten years. He received multiple treatments and eventually had surgery in 2008, which removed his colon. His personal struggle and experience with the disease inspired him to establish this foundation. His goal is to provide reliable and accessible research and treatment information to others who have been diagnosed.

The information available on digestive disorders can be overwhelming, and many people get lost in the shuffle of paperwork instead of getting the critical answers they need. O’Hamill hopes to do the heavy lifting of information gathering for those affected.

This will help people suffering from these digestive disorders filter out unnecessary information and know exactly what they can do for their disease and best treatment options available. This will hopefully lead to quicker treatment and make it easier for people to figure out where they can get treated as soon as possible.

Our Vision

The Crohn’s, Colitis, Cancer International Research Foundation (C3RF) is dedicated to the fight against chronic intestinal diseases and related cancers. The organization is rooted in the founder’s personal experience with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis. He now devotes himself to reaching out and helping those living with digestive disorders.

The Facts About Digestive Disorders

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis are both considered major categories of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Inflammatory bowel disease affects millions of Americans and can run in families.

For people with IBD, the body’s immune system mistakes food and bacteria as foreign invading substances. The body therefore sends out white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, producing inflammation and ulcers and leading to various uncomfortable symptoms.

Crohn’s disease in particular is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from mouth to anus. It can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall, and can also skip sections of bowel. This means areas of the bowel can be normal and other parts can hold patches of diseased intestine.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that is limited to the colon area, which is also the same as the large intestine and affects the innermost lining of the colon. The lining becomes inflamed and develops ulcers. This can lead to frequent discomfort and need to empty the colon. Colitis occurs as the result of an abnormal response to the body’s immune system.