This is an event that can really change the lives of those who participate and the patients in need.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
On June 25, 2011 at the LifeSport Fitness Resource Center in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will host a Zumbathon, the nation’s second event of its kind dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, unpredictable diseases of the digestive tract.
The Chapter will dance to raise crucial research dollars and awareness of Crohn’s and ulcerative 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 ultimately a cure only a few steps away.
“With Zumba becoming such a craze across the nation, I thought this was the perfect way to continue to raise awareness following our successful Philadelphia walk,” says Carly Mangel, Take Steps Walk manager. Zumba is a dance fitness program that combines Latin music with dance to make exercise fun. It has become the world’s largest and most successful dance fitness program, attracting people of all ages, shapes and sizes. “Space is limited to the first 50 dancers, and each dancer is required to fundraise a minimum of $200 to help spread awareness and find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. This is an event that can really change the lives of those who participate and the patients in need.”
For more information about becoming involved in the Zumbathon for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit http://www.cctakesteps.org/goto/zumbathon 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.