Central Coast Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Event Details

Location: Chase Palm Park

Date: 5/31/14
Check-in and Festival Start: 3:00 PM
Walk Start: 4:00 PM

Questions?

Walk Coordinator:
Jocelyn Bellew
jbellew@ccfa.org

Phone: 310-478-4509

Platinum Sponsor:


Goal = $42,000.00


Achieved = $6,584.00


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Central Coast Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

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Our Take Steps walks offer 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.  Our walk events are filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, and, of course, wonderful exposure for our corporate partners.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & colitis is a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising awareness and mission-critical funds for cures for digestive diseases.  In the past five years alone, we succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $40 million to help further CCFA’s mission. 

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.

 

Your New Take Steps Central Coast Walk Manager - Jocelyn Bellew

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2014 Honored Hero - Jessica Galloway

J. Galloway

In the beginning of January in 2012, I began to feel the stomach pains that I had grown so accustomed to over the past five years. I did not think too much of them, I just went into survival mode and began to change my diet and take over the counter meds. I knew that I was going to go through one of my little three month long diarrhea attacks. I had seen several doctors about this, but they always came back to tell me that I had IBS or a nervous tummy. One doctor in New Orleans questioned me as to why I came to the emergency room at all, even though I told him that I had been experiencing bloody diarrhea multiple times a day for two weeks.  Eventually, I just assumed that this was all normal, I could control it with diet, and there was no need to see any more doctors, because there was nothing that they could do for me.

I could not control this flare. I could not sleep through the night. I went to the bathroom over twenty times per day. Every time that I tried to take my anti-nausea I would just throw it back up. The pain never subsided. I lost 25 pounds in a month. I looked emaciated. I was so weak that I could barely walk to the bathroom by myself. I went to the E.R. in early February, and they pumped me with fluids and sent me back home. One week later, on Valentine’s Day, I was finally admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.

When I tell people this story, they often look at me with pity, and ask if it ruined Valentine’s Day for me. That was the best day of my life. That was the day that they told me there was definitely something wrong with me. All those years spent making my life work around my symptoms – not eating until after I was done with class, not eating certain vegetables because the pain was too much, not participating in life and just lying on the couch because of the pain– were not normal. I felt justified when I was diagnosed. But more than anything, I felt relieved. Now I was finally being taken seriously and could receive real treatment. I got my life back that day, and I am forever grateful to the amazing doctors who diagnosed me.

I have been mostly in remission since that day, with one big flare in August 2013 that put me back in the hospital for a week. Most of my colon is affected along with some of my small intestine.  I take Humira every week and 4 Lialda pills per day. I also work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, attend graduate school, fundraise for the CCFA, go hiking, drink a little wine, and eat a lot of everything.  I live my life.

     I have Crohn’s Disease. It is hard at times, but it used to be a lot harder for me, and it was much more difficult for the people who had Crohn’s Disease before me. My maternal grandfather died from Crohn’s related complications in the 1970s. It was a death sentence for him, but it is not for me. I fundraise because great strides have been made in the past 40 years since my grandfather died, and I want to be able to say that I helped cure Crohn’s and colitis. I raise awareness to help myself become more comfortable with this disease and to help others like me. I walk because of past pain, present struggles, and future triumph.