Emily Kalbac has made finding a cure for ulcerative colitis her life’s mission.
Kalbac, 16, a student at Palmer Trinity, has been a part of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America since she was 12 years old, when her brother was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis after suffering a baseball injury.
Last year, Kalbac helped enlist people for the annual CCFA Take Steps Walk Miami, which had 55 teams and 750 participants to make it the largest fundraiser of its kind. This year, she hopes to get even more support during the May 3 Take Steps Walk in Bayfront Park.
Kalbac’s interest in finding a cure for the disease stemmed from her brother’s diagnosis, but it has evolved with her personal experiences. She found out about Take Steps Miami in 2009 and joined the planning committee.
“I feel passionate about finding a cure for the millions of people suffering, and not just for my brother,” says Kalbac. “I can’t wait for the day we get the call that there is a cure.”
Take Steps Miami is set for May 3 at the Bayfront Park Promenade, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., with a 9 a.m. registration followed by a 10:30 a.m. walk start. For more information, contact Keytia Ortiz at 646-430-0559, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cctakesteps.org/Miami.