On Nov. 5, Andrew Goldberg, VP of corporate strategy for Cox Communications and a longtime volunteer with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, will be honored at the Gala as the Volunteer of the Year for his work with raising funds for and awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
With several family members impacted by these diseases, Goldberg has dedicated his free time to helping find cures. Over the last seven years, he has raised over $200,000 for the foundation. He is an immediate past president of the board of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation-Georgia Chapter and a member of the chapter’s Nominating and Volunteer Engagement Committee.
“I started volunteering with the foundation about seven years ago after discovering my wife, Wendi, had Crohn’s, and that both my brothers, as well as my father, had begun their own battles with IBD,” Goldberg said. “Wendi struggled for five years before being properly diagnosed, and I was on a mission to learn more about the disease and how to fight it, to raise awareness so others would get the treatment they need even sooner than we did, and to raise money to help improve patients’ quality of life. And ultimately, to help find a cure.”
Research studies show that approximately 1 in every 100 Americans currently have IBD, and an estimated 100,000 Georgians are affected annually by the disease. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of those affected.
“The foundation is the single, largest source of funding for IBD causes, so if we don’t support it, we will fail to drive the mission forward,” Goldberg shared of his motivation to continue raising funds. “Patients’ quality of life has improved because of the foundation, and we’re making progress towards achieving sustained remission, if not a cure. But we have to keep investing to reach the goal.”
For more information, visit crohnscolitisfoundation.org. For more info about the Gala, visit: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Torch Gala, or call 404.982.0616.