Crohn’s and Colitis of America Take Steps Walk
Walkers To Gather In Lakes Park To Raise Funds, Awareness of Digestive Diseases Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps Walk Helps Improve Lives of Those Diagnosed SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Stretch out your legs and get ready to hit the streets in support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s annual Take Steps Walk. The Walk, a major fundraiser and awareness tool for the organization, is devoted to helping the millions of people nationally living with these debilitating digestive diseases. This year’s Southwest Florida walk will take place at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, 2013. “The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is proud to host the Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk, the nation's leading walk program for digestive disease research,” said Keytia Ortiz of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “The funds we raise help us fulfill our mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as fund life-changing programs and services for the millions of Americans suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.” The Southwest Florida walk is part of more than 150 Take Steps walks that are taking place across the country to support the more than 1.4 million Americans (94,000 in Florida) that are affected by digestive diseases. Supporters are encouraged to create a team and help change the lives of the thousands of people affected locally. In addition to the Walk festivities, there will be a kid’s zone with free food, beverages, musical entertainment and games for the entire family. There is no registration fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to make a donation to receive an event wristband entitling them to food and beverages. Raise $100 and you will receive a Take Steps T-shirt. Every individual who raises $1,000 or team that raises $5,000 for the Take Steps Walk will join the Loud and Proud Club and receive special perks such as an exclusive Take Steps bag and access to the Loud and Proud Club Lounge on Walk day. “The Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk is a great place for companies, students, or friends and families to come together as a team and show their support of not just CCFA, but the IBD community at large,” Ortiz said. “Whether you walk or donate, you are helping us take a major step towards a future without IBD.” Sponsors of the event include Abbvie, Santarus, and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of Florida. For more information about becoming involved in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/florida or call 561-218-2929. About Take Steps: At over 150 Walk sites across the country, thousands of people will gather to join the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Together we’ll raise money for crucial research and raise awareness of these painful and unpredictable digestive diseases that afflict millions of people. After only 10 years, CCFA’s Take Steps Walk has raised over $40 million for research and patient service programs. Our goal is even higher in 2013. We’re committed to help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases to one of a brighter future based on well-funded, cutting-edge scientific research. Join us now -- register today and take a step toward a future free from Crohn’s and colitis! About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35. About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 82 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including receiving the highest rating from the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org), and also has received a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator. For more information, please contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit www.ccfa.org.
Lakes Regional Park
7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908