Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) April 16, 2012
On May 5, 2012 at Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront, the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will host Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk, the community’s first annual walk dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, unpredictable diseases of the digestive tract.
The Chapter will walk to raise crucial research dollars and awareness of Crohn’s and colitis. This fun and energetic 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.
“We are excited to be in Delaware for the first time this year. There is a need for patient support in the New Castle County community and Take Steps is the perfect program to re-launch our activities in the area.” says Carly Mangel, Take Steps Walk Manager. The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter also hosts 6 other walk sites, including the largest Take Steps walk in the county – Philadelphia. “From sending out e-mails to friends, family, and colleagues, to talking to the owner at the dry cleaner you frequent, to making noise on walk night—you’ll be spreading awareness and raising funds that will really help change lives.”
Jessica Walker is a student at Padua Academy and the local Honored Hero. “I know I’m not alone, but I don’t want to be in this much pain. I don’t want anyone else to be in this much pain either. However, knowing that other people understand what I am going through is comforting. I hope that together we will find a cure for IBD – not only for me, but for everyone suffering.” -says Jessica.
In addition to having families and friends create fund raising and walking teams, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is actively inviting corporations to gather teams to walk and raise funds to help Crohn’s and colitis patients and their families. A.I. duPont Hospital for Children is one of the major sponsors and also has a walk team.
For more information about becoming involved in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit http://www.cctakesteps.org/delaware 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.