Event to raise awareness, funds for Crohn’s Disease, colitis

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The Upstate Northeastern NY Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation will host the 8th Annual Utica Take Steps Walk on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Walk encourages those living with Crohn’s and colitis, their families, and the commu- nity to come together and raise the critical funds needed to find a cure or develop better treatments for these two chronic and often debilitating diseases.

“The goal of this Walk is to raise community awareness and funds to invest in research to help individuals and families suffering from these digestive diseases for which there is no known cause or cure,” said Linda Winston, the Chapter’s Executive Director.

“The funds we raise help Crohn’s and colitis patients live a life full of family and friends with the ability to make plans without the fear that in a moment they will change because of worsening dis- ease symptoms and to know they are not alone in their fight,” the chapter executive director added.

This year, the Take Steps walk celebrates the “Decade of Difference.”

Since its inception 10 years ago, nationally, Take Steps has brought together more than 300,000 people and raised over $85 million to help further the Foundation’s mission, the organization announcement said.

Currently, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis affects over 1 in 200 Americans; at least 150,000 are under the age of 18, the foundation said. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.

With the funds raised in walks across the country, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is leading the way in digestive disease research, organizers said.

For more information and to pre-register or donate, visit www.cctakesteps.org/utica.

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