Philadelphia Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Chapter and Take Steps Walk Lead the Nation in 2010

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The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is pleased to report the results of the 2010 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk program.

The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is pleased to report the results of the 2010 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk program. Take Steps is the nation’s largest annual walk dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, unpredictable diseases of the digestive tract.

The Philadelphia Take Steps walk, held at the Philadelphia Art Museum on May 22, 2010 led the country for the third year in a row raising over $320,000 while the Leigh Valley walk held in Allentown on May 8, raised $23,000 more than the $40,000 goal. The Philadelphia Chapter leads the nation in Take Step funds raised overall with close to $540,000 and was the first chapter to raise $500,000 through Take Steps walks.

Brenda Greene, Walk Director for the CCFA Philadelphia Chapter states “The success of our walk program can be attributed to the commitment from our volunteers, sponsors and team captains. I am amazed each year of their dedication to CCFA and their passion to help us find a cure. They have made a huge difference within their local community and aside from raising funds, they have built awareness about a disease that no one wants to talk about.”

The fun and energetic Take Steps program is run by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, whose mission is to cure these diseases, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these seldom-discussed diseases, bringing better therapies and prevention only a few steps away. The money raised through the walks funds crucial research and awareness efforts on behalf of Crohn’s and colitis. The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation already has five Take Steps walks tentatively scheduled for the upcoming 2011 season beginning in May and registration is now open by visiting http://www.cctakesteps.org. .

For more information about becoming involved in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit http://www.cctakesteps.org or contact the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at 215-396-9100.

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, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. 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'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, and more than 83 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org). For more information, contact the Foundation at 215-396-9100 or visit http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/philadelphia.

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