Take Steps with Me to Cure IBD

25 Jun

The Young Professionals team gathers for a group picture before setting off for the 2009 Take Steps Walk.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is a cause near and dear to my heart because I’ve lived with Crohn’s disease for the past 17 years. CCFA has been a critical resource for my family and I over the years, providing a support and education network when we needed it the most.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known collectively as IBD, are chronic digestive diseases. I’m one of more than 1.4 million American adults and children living with a digestive illness. That works out to about 1 in every 200 people.

Tomorrow is our Chapter’s Take Steps walk on the National Mall to raise funds for and awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Chances are you know someone managing IBD even if you don’t realize they are sick. Due to the social stigma surrounding digestive illnesses many patients silently endure the daily ups and downs of active and remitting disease.

Take Steps is an opportunity for us to break down these barriers and make life more manageable for patients who live day to day with intense pain, limited treatment options, the threat of long term hospital stays, and possibility of multiple surgeries.

Funds raised ensure CCFA’s education, research, and patient support programs are able to continue. For example, $500 raised ensures we are able to provide unlimited online chat support for six months and $2,500 ensures one child is able to attend Camp Oasis for a week during the summer.

I hope after learning a little about IBD you will consider taking part in this cause by walking, donating, or posting information about CCFA on one of your social media profiles. I promise, every tweet, Facebook status update, or blog post helps educate the public about life with IBD.

Walk Details

Where:

Corner of 15th and Constitution (northeast corner of the Washington Monument Grounds)

When:

4:30 p.m. – Registration opens

5:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremony

5:30 p.m. – Walks starts

6:30 p.m. – Walkers return; dinner provided

Metro:

Federal Triangle or Smithsonian

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