Penn National Gaming raises $450,000 for inflammatory bowel disease research

For 17 years, Penn National Gaming and its chairman and CEO Peter Carlino have supported the work of Dr. Walter A. Koltun, division chief, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

In August, more than 300 golfers gathered for Penn National Gaming’s annual Charity Golf Classic at the Hershey Country Club, which raised $450,000 for the Medical Center’s Carlino Fund for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research.

Since its inception in 1996, the event has raised more than $3 million to support inflammatory bowel disease research.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a type of colorectal disease that includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There is no known cure for IBD, but Dr. Koltun and his team remain committed to the treatment of patients suffering from IBD and in researching new therapies for the illness. This includes the development of an IBD bio-bank that collects and stores DNA, serum and tissue from patients with IBD for research purposes and presently includes more than 1,200 individuals.

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Last Updated October 03, 2013