Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of a resolution my friend Congressman Crenshaw and I introduced today supporting the goals and ideals of Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week, which begins today and runs through December 7, 2011.
This resolution, which is identical to the Senate version adopted earlier this month, declares congressional support for Awareness Week, recognizes the patients living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and commends the dedication of health care professionals and biomedical researchers who care for these patients.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Affecting an estimated 1.4 million Americans, including 140,000 children under the age of 18, IBD remains the most prominent factor in morbidity caused by digestive illness.
Again, thank you to my caucus cochair for working with me on this important resolution, my colleagues who have joined as cosponsors, as well as the Crohn's and colitis patients and their families, medical providers, and researchers for their advocacy.
I urge my colleagues to cosponsor this resolution and join the bipartisan Congressional Crohn's and Colitis Caucus, which advocates for enhanced patient care, treatment, and finding a cure for these debilitating diseases that impact both patients and their families.