09 Feb Deanna Zeitlow Crohn’s Disease Assistance Fund
The Deanna Zeitlow Crohn’s Disease Assistance Fund was established in October of 2019, with the intention of helping those diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. The fund, started by the Zeitlow family, is named after Deanna Zeitlow who has dealt with the condition for most of her life.
Deanna Zeitlow spent time in the hospital in the 1960s and ultimately needed surgery before receiving her diagnosis. After that point Deanna and the Zeitlow family realized just how dreadful the disease can be.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation affects around three million Americans. Treatment options for Crohn’s Disease include medication and surgery. Those diagnosed with the disease often have to make changes to their diet in order to maintain good nutrition.
Between $500-1000 will be made available to each recipient annually. This financial relief is meant to help offset costs of uncovered treatment, medication or living expenses associated with Crohn’s disease.
“We’ve seen so many people who have had (Crohn’s) and the financial struggle it brings,” Leonard Zeitlow, Deanna’s husband, said, “There are 13–14-year-old kids that have (Crohn’s) and are going to have it their entire lives.”
Applications for assistance can be found on the McPherson County Community Foundations website; www.McPhersonFoundation.org
Funding is also available for education programs so that employers, teachers and the community as a whole can better understand life with Crohn’s. As the fund grows there will be options for funding research programs related to cures and treatments for Crohn’s.
When asked about the importance of such a fund in the county Leonard Zeitlow said this:
“Hopefully it will educate more people about Crohn’s. I’ve known employers who have had employees who have had to stop working because of it and we have to get them assistance.