Philadelphia Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Takes Steps to Fight Digestive Diseases

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The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will host its 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk.

Through becoming a part of this campaign you will be raising funds and spreading awareness that will ultimately change lives

On May 7, 2011 at Coplay Parkway (Front and Keefer Streets in Coplay), the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will host its 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk, 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 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.

“With a goal of $40,000 our first Lehigh Valley Take Steps event beyond exceeded our expectations, raising over $62,000. A Lehigh Valley native and a patient battling Crohn’s for 11 years, I am proud to be bringing awareness home. The people of the Lehigh Valley are a joy to work with and I can’t wait to Take Steps with them again this year toward our $75,000 goal,” said Melanie Beck, Take Steps Walk Manager. “Through becoming a part of this campaign you will be raising funds and spreading awareness that will ultimately change lives.”

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. George Nichols of Allentown is this year’s Chairman.

For more information about becoming involved in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit http://www.cctakesteps.org/lehighvalley or contact the Walk Manager, Melanie Beck at 646-942-4489.

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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