Take Steps to Find a Cure!
Many patients have only ever met a handful of other patients suffering from IBD. This is a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of IBD patients, families, and supporters from your own backyard in the Boston community. There is no fee to register and no team is too big or small!
Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s largest fundraising event having touched over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation’s mission. 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. In 2014, more than 70,000 people joined us nationwide, helping us raise $11M.
82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation. Register today
MEET OUR HONOREES
Brittany McPherson is a 16 year old sophomore at St Mary's High School in Lynn. She plays goaltender on her high school varsity hockey and lacrosse teams. She is also an Ulcerative Colitis sufferer having been diagnosed at the age of 13, after suffering stomach issues. Ulcerative Colitis and it's sister ailment Crohn's Disease are autoimmune diseases of the gastrointestinal system that cause pain, fatigue, sickness and frequent restroom visits.
Just after her 14th birthday in May of 2012, Brittany's condition could no longer be controlled by medication and on June 7th of that year, she had major surgery to remove her colon. Her surgery was a success and she returned to school and her sports in record time. Feeling better now, she is focusing her attention on raising awareness of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease and raising funds for The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to fund valuable research towards finding a cure. Your support of Brittany and the CCFA would be greatly appreciated.
Read more about Brittany and her walk team, Brittany's Battle Buddies, by clicking here!
Since 2004, the Kramer family has been hopeful for the future three “C”s: Curing Crohn’s and Colitis. But that means daily it has been a focus on three other critical “C”s: CCFA, Community, and Control.
When our oldest daughter Alix at age nine was facing medical ailments we had never experienced before, it was our rude introduction to diseases we actually had never heard of before. Her Crohn’s diagnosis ended her gymnastics childhood and brought many years of meds, doctors, education, tears, flairs, and challenges. When her youngest sister Sonia, also at age nine, starting having issues we quickly learned what Colitis was all about.
As parents, we wish daily for the future “C”s. But what has helped us all through this last decade has been focusing and embracing the other three “C”s. We were immediately introduced to the New England Chapter of CCFA and enjoyed our first “Got Guts” Walk on the Boston Common. Alix joined the “Power of Two” program to help other newly diagnosed girls her age. As parents we attended CCFA educational seminars and symposiums to learn about research, meds, and choices. CCFA helps create the community for 1.6 Million Americans with Crohn’s & Colitis. And we are all fortunate to have a great local community with probably the best GI doctors and medical facilities in the country. It is part of taking and feeling in control of diseases which are at times embarrassing, misunderstood, difficult for teenage children to handle, and unpredictable for how meds will work or won’t work (or temporarily cause other diseases like Alix experienced last year).
Read more about Alix, Sonia and the Kramer family, visit their page here!
Decal Don, How it works?
Make a self-donation today of $25.00 (or more) and you will be rewarded with a Take Steps Decal or as we'd like to call it Decal Don.
Many patients suffer in silence but it's up to us to make their voices heard. Help us change that FACT! Register today for the 2015 Boston Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25 and you will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place. Be a part of making a difference to those who suffer in silence.
Next Steps - Help us raise awareness!
Take a photo with your “Decal Don” and share on social media. Don't forget to tag us with #decaldon.
Let's show the world your team’s commitment to the fight against
digestive diseases. Together we will find a cure!
Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team!
Step 1: Set a realistic and meaningful goal for your team
There is no cost to register and no fundraising minimum. It is up to you to set a personally meaningful and significant goal for you and your team. Communicate that goal to your team members and work together to achieve it dividing the goal among each other.
Step 2: Write Personal Fundraising Letters & Emails
Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts.
Step 3: Recruit Participants
Ask your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers to join your team and help you to spread awareness and reach your team’s fundraising goal through their contacts.
Step 4: Raise Money
The national fundraising average per person is $250 encourage your each of your of your team members to beat the national average. Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company! Lead by example, by making the first donation your own!
Step 5: Create Excitement
Design a team t-shirt or a unique team name, post flyers in your neighborhood, and share information on social media!
Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success
Attend the Walk. Take a team photo. Eat, drink and celebrate raising funds to find cures for Crohn's and colitis! ____________________________________________________________________________________
Have you collected donations that need to be applied to your fundraising page?
MAIL OFFLINE DONATIONS TO:CCFA New England 72 River Park St,Suite 202 Needham, MA 02494 ATTN: Danielle Thibault
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