Pro Quarterback David Garrard Aims to Score Big for Crohn’s Disease During the 2009 Football Season
Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. Kicks Off Second Season of “In the Zone for Crohn’s” Donating $10,000 to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Each Time Garrard Scores
Horsham, PA .– Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. announced today that the In the Zone for Crohn’s program with David Garrard, quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars® will continue this football season to raise awareness and provide funding for Crohn’s disease research, education and support. Building on the success of last year’s program, which raised $170,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Centocor Ortho Biotech will again make a donation of $10,000 to the CCFA for each touchdown Garrard scores, passing or rushing, during the 2009 NFL season.
More information about the In the Zone for Crohn’s program can be found at www.CrohnsintheZone.com, where visitors can track Garrard’s progress throughout the season. Crohn’s disease, combined with a related inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) called ulcerative colitis (UC), affects more than 1.4 million Americans.
“I feel fortunate to be able to bring even greater awareness to this often misunderstood condition,” said David Garrard, quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Through my play on the field and by speaking out on my condition, I hope to continue to further educate the public and be an example to others who are living with Crohn’s disease.”
The program will kick off with the Jaguars’ first game of the season on September 13 and will culminate at the end of the 2009 season. A contribution will be donated to the CCFA based on Garrard’s total touchdown performance. The In the Zone for Crohn’s program kicked off during the 2008 season. By the end of the season, Garrard helped raise $170,000 for the CCFA through his play on the field.
“David’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness of Crohn’s disease is commendable and his story is inspirational,” said Richard Geswell, President of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. ”Through this continued partnership with Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. on the In the Zone for Crohn’s program, we look forward to enhancing a number of our educational and research programs to ultimately improve the lives of patients struggling with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis on a daily basis.”
Despite Crohn’s disease, Garrard continues to succeed on the field and has scored nearly 50 touchdowns over the past three seasons for the Jaguars. Garrard is entering his third season as their full-time starting quarterback.
(David Garrard is compensated for his participation in the “In the Zone for Crohn’s” campaign, which is sponsored by Centocor Ortho Biotech.)
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