Team Intestinal Fortitude was formed in 2010 as a fundraising effort for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation ("TIF" or “The Foundation”), which was founded in 1967.  Within the past years, it has grown to be the most successful fundraising committee in the Foundation's history. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronically painful, medically incurable diseases that affect over 3.1 million American children and adults. The cause of these diseases remain unknown, however the effectiveness of recently developed treatment methods and steady advances in research bring us closer to finding a cure.
Members: Jake Marcus, Jonathan Adams, Carol Augustyniak, Sean Grover, Carol Lang, Stephen Marcus, Tim Savard and Brian Teague.


Everyone's lives are changing as a result of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic and that includes those affected by Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  As a result of the pandemic, We realize that in many cities and towns, it may be difficult to find toilet paper. To better serve IBD patients in the New England Chapter area, we are excited to share that Union Office in partnership with Team Intestinal Fortitude has set aside toilet paper for the Crohn’s & Colitis community!  You can order a 2-ply 96 roll case (500 sheet/roll) of toilet paper for $48.00 +shipping while supplies last. Thank you, Union Office and Team Intestinal Fortitude for putting IBD patients first.
To order, email customerservice@unionoffice.com and provide your name, address, and phone number. A customer service representative will be in touch to process your order.

ITEM # EBG-275 (2 ply Toilet Paper-Case of 96 Rolls) This product is available by the case and will be delivered to your home. Limit 1 case per month.A 3.5% credit card handling fee will apply. Click here to see shipping rates.


Order Your Restroom Access Card Today!
Order Your Restroom Access Card Today!
BREAKING NEWS: The Massachusetts Attorney General releases infographic on Massachusetts Restroom Access for people with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Recently, in addition to its mission above, TIF has been advocating for greater awareness and better enforcement of the "Restroom Access Bill" in Massachusetts.  In 2011, TIF assisted with the passage of HB2366, which is an Act Relative to the Public Access of Private Restrooms.  Namely, the "Restroom Access Bill" requires retail establishments to allow individuals access to their restrooms if they are suffering from Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or other medical conditions that require immediate access to a restroom facility. 

The person seeking access to the restroom must have documentation, usually in the form of a card that reads "I CAN'T WAIT."   If you or someone you know is interested in obtaining a FREE "Restroom Access Card," you can order one through our website at the following page: https://intestinalfortitude.org/page.php?groupingID=custom_form_6 or click on the "Restroom Access Card" link on the side menu of this website.
Recently, TIF co-founder, Stephen Marcus, was featured in an opinion article in The Boston Globe after he was denied access to a restroom at a Starbucks in Boston even AFTER he presented his "Restroom Access Card".  Although embarrassed, Stephen has been passionate about spreading the word about Starbucks' unlawful violation in order to ensure this does not happen again to anyone else.   See the whole article below:

A Crohn's disease sufferer asked to use a Starbucks bathroom.  He was denied, but that's illegal
Check Out the "Restroom Access" tab on our Main Menu in order to learn more about the applicable Massachusetts Law.  Similar laws have now been passed in 17 states.
CONGRATULATIONS to TIF's own, Stephen Marcus and Jake Marcus, on recent awards related to their involvement with TIF!!!

Stephen Marcus was named Man of the Year and honored at the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of New England's Annual Fete Event.

Jake Marcus was named Young Professional of the Year and honored at Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of New England Young Professionals Group's Annual Night in White Event.