Albuquerque Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Location: Altura Park
Check-in and Festival Start: 2:00 PM
Walk Start: 3:00 PM
Goal = $20,000.00
Achieved = $13,959.03
Sponsor UNM Pediatrics
Albuquerque Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Take Steps to Find Cures
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.
- The Walk will take place RAIN or shine on Saturday, September 20th.
- Altura Park (Cross Streets-Indian School and Washington NE)
- Street Parking is available.
- Registration/Check-In opens at 2:00pm
- Walk starts at 3:00 p.m.
- Leashed dogs are permitted, but must be cleaned up after.
- Strollers and wagons are permitted; no roller blades or scooters, please.
- Refreshments/food will be served after the Walk.
- Before you depart for Altura Park, count all your donations and fill out your walker envelope on BOTH sides. Place donations in the envelope and seal.
(If you have matching gift forms, please turn them in along with your donations). If you do not have a walker envelope, please ask for one at Registration/Check-in.
- All checks should be made payable to CCFA.
- Once you arrive at Altura Park, proceed to the Registration/Check-In area with your completed walker envelope and donations to receive your food wrist band.
- Even if you did all of your fundraising on-line, EVERYONE must Check-in!
- Each walker raising a $100 or more is eligible to receive a CCFA Take Steps t-shirt.
Walk Day Activities
- Camp Oasis Kids’ Corral, music, and Team Photos.
- Refreshments: Lunches donated by Jason's Deli. Please bring your own food if you have a special diet – all of our food is donated and we are not able to accommodate all dietary needs.
- Mission Tent: CCFA Partners sign-up and CCFA Materials.
We look forward to seeing you at Altura Park this Saturday, to thank you and to share the joy and excitement of this
successful and impactful effort to support the mission of CCFA!
Meet Albuquerque's Honored Hero Lilah Schlesinger:
My name is Lilah Schlesinger and I am 11 years old. My IBD journey began in June of 2012 with excruciating rectal pain and bleeding. I had been constipated for 5 days, so we soon went to the emergency room at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and I was misdiagnosed with an internal hemorrhoid. After a whole summer of not getting any better, we saw my pediatrician and realized I hadn’t grown in quite a while so he ordered lots of blood work (7 tubes!) and referred me to a pediatric gastroenterologist. At Children’s Hospital I had an MRI, upper endoscopy, and colonoscopy, and they diagnosed me with mild to moderate Crohn’s disease.
Less than one month later, our family moved to Albuquerque, NM – my first move away from my oldest sister, my friends and my school. This was really hard, but we soon were settled with my new GI doctor at UNM Children’s Hospital. I was doing so well on daily oral medications and diet that by the summer of 2013, I was basically in remission! I even got to go to summer camp for two weeks. Last September was also my first Take Steps walk, and our team met their goal. Then in the fall, my sed rate started to rise and by November I started on Remicade. The infusions are hard, but now the only medicine I have to take is Remicade every eight weeks with no daily meds, which is good.
It’s really hard to accept that I will likely have this disease for my whole life. I worry how it will affect my growth, my activities, my friendships, and my future. Sometimes it feels like people can see that I have it, even though I know they can’t. My main support is my family, and if anything good has come from this, it’s the great staff at the GI clinic and UNM Child Life, as well as the friends I’ve met there and in our pediatric GI support group. I even met a counselor with Crohn’s at my summer camp last year! Sadly, my GI doctor moved to Texas, but the nurses and the infusion unit staff are terrific, and two new Pediatric GI doctors are starting this summer.
Since I am so young with this disease, I am hopeful that a cure will be found within my lifetime. So please support CCFA and the Take Steps Walk. Let’s get to work for a cure!