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Jill and Kurtis Krentz

Finding a Cure for Future Generations

Jill and Kurtis Krentz with their daughters

Jill (left) and Kurtis Krentz (pictured with their daughters Nicole and Mikayla) fund research for a cure for IBD through a gift in their will.

In 2007, when ulcerative colitis became part of Jill Krentz's "life journey," her gastroenterologist told her about the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. While Jill felt isolated by her disease's symptoms, the Foundation, through its local chapter, provided her and her husband, Kurtis, the opportunity to connect with others who suffer from IBD and had like-minded interest in finding cures and improved outcomes.

Jill is now four years in remission, and she and Kurtis are proud of their continued involvement with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Because they are worried about their two daughters' potential susceptibility, research into new and better treatments—and ultimately cures—is important.

"Thankfully, we can count on the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation to initiate and fund critical, innovative studies related to finding cures and prevention of IBD," says Jill.

The Krentz family participates in their local Take Steps events annually, and attends their chapter's gala in support of the Foundation. In addition, Jill volunteers as a member of the gala's planning committee.

One of the most meaningful ways the Krentzes support the Foundation is through their commitment of a gift through their will.

"We have included the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in our estate planning to fund continued progress beyond our lifetimes with the hope that perhaps it won't be needed! It's important to us that there is continued research and progress toward a cure. We feel fortunate to be able to contribute to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and support the organization's research priorities, even beyond our lifetimes."

Like Jill and Kurtis Krentz, you can help support finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. To learn how you can help, contact Susan Carriker at 252-597-5085 or