Take Steps For Chron’s & Colitis benefit at Bayfront Park, May 7

Take Steps for Chrons in MiamiPut on your shoes and join in for a day of celebration and support during the 2016 Miami Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis. This year’s Take Steps walk features Jacquelyn Schatzman as the Honored Hero and CBS WFOR-TV’s Rick Folbaum as emcee. The event takes place on Saturday, May 7, at Bayfront Park with registration and festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Supporters are encouraged to create a team and help change the lives of the thousands of people affected locally. In addition to the Take Steps walk, 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 supporters are encouraged to create a team and help change the lives of the thousands of people affected locally.

Visit cctakesteps.org/miami2016 to register your team today or donate.

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1.6 million American adults and children. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon).

Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss and fatigue. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery.

These are common disorders with bad consequences if not detected and treated early, yet long delays in diagnosis and effective treatment are common because people, including primary care physicians, are not familiar with the symptoms. The average delay in diagnosis is 1-3 years and the average patient is misdiagnosed twice. Most people develop the diseases between 15 and 35, however children under the age of 18 are one of the fastest growing patient populations.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s largest annual event dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Take Steps walks take place in more than 120 communities nationwide and offer a wonderful day for family, friends and the community to celebrate the dedication and hard work by the IBD community in raising funds towards our mission. In 2015, more than 40,000 people walked for cures while raising more than $10 million toward mission-critical research and patient support programs.


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