East Hartford Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Event Details

Location: Great River Park

Date: 5/10/14
Check-in and Festival Start: 9:00 AM
Walk Start: 10:00 AM


Walk Coordinator:
Mary Kate Doherty

Phone: 203-376-4336

Platinum Sponsor:

Goal = $83,000.00

Achieved = $19,955.10

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East Hartford Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

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Local GI Doctors Team Up to Lead East Hartford Take Steps Walk

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is delighted to announce that Dr. Joe Cappa and Dr. Michelle Smedley from Connecticut GI, PC and Dr. Wael Sayej from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease will serve as the Chairs for their Take Steps Walk on Saturday, May 10 at Great River Park in East Hartford. “Connecticut GI, PC and Connecticut Children’s, Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease continue to be valued supporters of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

We are delighted to have Dr. Cappa’s, Dr. Smedley’s & Dr. Sayej’s leadership this year to help generate awareness and financial support. Our goal is to raise $83,000,” said Walk Manager, Mary Kate Doherty. “We need leaders around the State to help raise funds and raise the profile for these diseases that are often overlooked.” All three of these medical professionals know how important the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is. Drs. Cappa, Smedley, and Sayej eagerly took on the role to raise awareness and funds for the 1.4M Americans affected by these devastating digestive diseases.

“My colleagues and I are happy to lead the East Hartford Take Steps effort this year on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. We are going to rally our patients at Connecticut GI, PC and we know Connecticut Children’s is going to do the same,” said Dr. Joe Cappa. “As practicing gastroenterologists, this is our opportunity to literally ‘walk the walk’ and we look forward to doing that side-by-side with our patients and our GI colleagues from around the State,” added Dr. Michelle Smedley.

Dr. Wael Sayej adds, “We expect to have a great mix of adult and pediatric patients and their families participating. This is our opportunity to help change the lives of the patients we serve by raising awareness and money to help fund critical research for cures. A future free from digestive diseases is within reach and every single person can make a difference.”

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, 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 numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children. For more information about becoming involved in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, visit www.cctakesteps.org or contact Mary Kate Doherty at 203-376-4336 or mkdoherty@ccfa.org.


REGISTER FOR FREE for our Take Steps walk in East Hartford on Saturday, May 10th! This event offers a wonderful day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. Walk day is filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, and, of course, wonderful exposure for our corporate partners.

There are over 90,000 newly diagnosed cases of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis each year - you are not alone and this walk program is a unique opportunity to meet other patients and supporters within your own community!

In the past five years alone, we succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $60 million to help further CCFA’s mission. Over $.80 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.

Register today. Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases


Meet 2014 Honored Hero, Alexis Hoey!

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Alexis, who is 13 years old, was diagnosed in early January 2013 after months of not feeling well. She has had an up and down battle since then – including a flare in December of 2013 – but has kept a positive attitude and incredible spirit throughout. Her experience has also made her a passionate advocate helping in the search for a cure. . .Read more of Alexis'  amazing testimony here - Honored Hero



2014 Take Steps Walk Video

Get a feel for the walk experience and see footage from our 2013 walk season!


Special thanks to our National Sponsors! 

AbbVie has chosen to support our East Hartford Take Steps Walk, one of 130 they are supporting this year as the National Platinum Sponsor.

Additionally, Shire has signed on as a National Sponsor at 50 locations, including East Hartford!


We are so grateful to these National Partners!!!

To see all of our sponsors, visit our Sponsor page


Greeting from CT Walk Manager, Mary Kate Doherty

Hi all,

I am so excited to have joined the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation as the CT Take Steps Walk Manager.  I look forward to meeting all of you in the weeks ahead.  Please contact me with any questions or needs you or any of your team members have.  I am here to help you have a positive experience with Take Steps as we work together to raise funds to find cures for Crohn's & ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for all adults and children affected by these diseases.

I can help with promoting your upcoming team fundraisers, providing materials, registering your team members so please reach out.  I can be reached at 203-376-4336 and mkdoherty@ccfa.org.

Please also keep connected with UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS and CHAPTER EVENTS:

  • Team Ruffus Runners will be hosting an ice cream fundraiser where 20% of the proceeds will be donated to their team.  Join them on Sunday, May 4 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Dunphy's Ice Cream in Bristol, located at 912 Stafford Ave.
  • New Support Group in Glastonbury!- Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm in the Hartford Hospital Conference Room of the CTGI Building
  • FREE Webcast - Advances in IBD: An Update for Patients
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    8:00-9:00 pm EST
    CCFA's "Advances in IBD Clinical & Research Conference" is an annual medical education event for physicians, researchers, and other healthcare professionals. This special webcast is an overview, geared toward patients, of the most important clinical research discussions from the 2013 "Advances" conference. Topics include the use of diagnostic tests, surgery for IBD, progress in the areas of genetics and the microbiome, as well as a look at the future of IBD care. Participants will hear from a leading expert in the field of IBD research, and have the opportunity to ask questions. CLICK TO REGISTER