Local Chapter of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation ‘Takes Steps’ to Fight Digestive Diseases

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Walk will raise crucial research dollars and awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis

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“We are excited to be in Bucks County again this year. The previous years have been very successful and we are hoping this continues to be one of the largest gatherings of Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients in the community.” says Jessica Brookstein.

On October 6, 2012 at Central Park, 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 fifth 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 CCFA, 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 Bucks County again this year. The previous years have been very successful and we are hoping this continues to be one of the largest gatherings of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients in the community,” says Jessica Brookstein, Community Development Director. The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter also hosts 6 other walk sites, including the largest Take Steps walk in the county – Philadelphia. “There is certainly a growing population and need for patient support services and programs in the Bucks County community and Take Steps is the perfect program for patients to begin their involvement with CCFA.”

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.

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

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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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