Fort Wayne Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Team Calvin Wampler

My name is Therese Wampler and my son, Calvin, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2013.  Before Calvin was diagnosed, I had heard about Crohn's Disease but never really knew what it was.  Hearing that diagnosis scared my husband and I and devastated us as parents.  You want nothing more in life than your children to be healthy and happy.  We knew we had to learn all we could and be advocates for our son.  His journey started with a year of multiple lab tests, trying different oral medications, an ICU hospital stay from compromised immune system, a stay at Riley Hospital, weight loss, and a complete change from our very athletic soccer player to Calvin struggling to run for 10 minutes.  He went from oral medications to Remicade infusions after a year and it really improved his health.  Everything was going in a positive direction until after a year and a half on the Remicade his body started to build antibodies towards the medication and his lab work started to decline.  His GI doctor moved out of town during this time and we were on the hunt for a new GI.  Through many prayers, friends, and long hours of searching, we ended up at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  He had a team of doctors who took him in and provided excellent care.  He had surgery in December 2016 to remove a diseased portion of his small intestines and has had great success since then.  He tells us it was the best thing he ever did because he doesn't have daily stomach pains.  The doctor told us his Crohn's symptoms might come back in 6 months or 20 years but there is no cure yet.  That is why this walk is dear to our hearts as we are praying for a cure.  Your donation can help bring that to a reality and give children like Calvin a future of health. Please help our team support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) by donating toward our fundraising goal for this year’s Take Steps Walk.

Your donation will directly impact critical research projects, as well as groundbreaking patient programs like Camp Oasis, a summer camp just for kids with Crohn’s and Colitis. 

You can also join us as a member of our team — we’d love to have you! Be a part of the nation's largest event supporting vital research, treatment, and life-enriching programs for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Our walk includes food, music, and family activities that brings people from all across the community to join together in fun, solidarity, and purpose. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.

Please join our team Calvin or donate to our efforts to support CCFA in finding cures him and many others so desperately need! Thank You and God Bless! 


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