New York, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

NYC Take Steps Highest Fundraising WalkThe Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk is one of CCFA’s largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. 

Our community consists of patients, loved ones, friends and supporters that empower and inspire each other to fight these diseases. Each year we connect with our communities as we fundraise for cures and celebrate our hard work together in supporting our patients.

To date, Take Steps has raised more than $60 million to fund mission-critical research and patient support programs. More than 80 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to funding this mission. 

A big thank you to all of our returning teams and new teams walking with us in 2016! Click here to see who they are. 

Click here to see photos from this year's kickoff party at Lucky Strike.

A Huge Thank You...

to all who participated in our NYC Take Steps walk, whether you donated, volunteered, fundraised, or all of the above, we truly appreciate your support! Our walk was attended by more than 600 walkers and we are on our way to reaching our fundraising goal of $425,000, but still need YOUR help, as you can keep fundraising through the calendar year! Click here to see photos from this year's walk.

We haven’t reached our fundraising goal of $425,000 yet, but YOU can still help us get there! As a way to kick off the summer, we have a FUNdraising incentive that brings us closer to cures! Between May 20th and May 27th, you will receive 1 movie ticket for every $30 dollars raised for NYC Take Steps and 2 movie tickets for every $50 raised. Tickets are through AMC Theatres. *Limited supply and based on availability.

Everything You Need to Know About Walk Day

Directions - South Street Seaport Start Line and Festival Site

  • Follow the signs and volunteers to make your way to the site @ Water and Fulton Streets! If you are utilizing a GPS device, enter 19 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038, as your final destination.
  • Subways near the Seaport: Take the 2,3,4,5,A, C, J, Z to Fulton Street OR E to World Trade Center


  • 5:30PM Check-in opens and festival starts
  • 6:45PM Opening ceremony 
  • 7PM Walk starts: click here to download the full walk route
  • 8PM Cross Finish Line @ Foley Square

FIRST STOP - Check-In Tent 

Check-in opens at 5:30PM. You can deposit offline donations of cash/checks you’ve collected, make an additional donation by cash/check/credit card, register additional participants on your team, and receive a coupon to collect your qualifying incentives (t-shirt, bandana, and lunch cooler) from the Incentives tent. 

Walk Day Shout-Outs
  • FOX5 Anchor, Ben Simmoneau, will be the 2016 NYC Take Steps emcee
  • Ask-a-Doc table led by Dr. Bradley Morganstern
  • Ask-a-Nutritionist table led by Colleen Webb and Alanna Cabrero
  • Ask-an-Ostomy Nurse table led by Nora Sammon
  • Entertainment by Mean Machine

Click here to read more about the festival activities, speaking program, and the walk!

Be a Take Steps MVP

  • Awareness Builder: Raise $100 to receive a 2016 Take Steps t-shirt
  • Inspiration Creator:  Raise $500 to access an exclusive CCFA research
  • Hope Giver: Raise $1,000 to get special identification on walk day
  • Cures Believer Team: Raise $5k as a team to receive access to a shared club tent; Raise $15k as a team to receive your own top team tent!

Click here to see all the benefits you'll receive as an MVP. Congrats to our current Most Valuable Participants - click here to see who they are! 

Top 10 Teams so far...congrats!

Our top 10 fundraising teams as of 5/10/16:

  1. National IBD Assassins led by Sadhana Jacob, Lauren King, and James Testaverde
  2. Killin' It! led by Jenna Agin
  3. No Colon, Still Rollin! led by Luc Hyman and Pamela Reis
  4. Crohn-icity led by Amy Lane
  5. Molly's Mission led by Molly Roberts
  6. Young NYC led by Caitlin Merrell
  7. Addie's Angels led by Stephanie Nelson
  8. Making a C-Difference led by Suzanne Lehrer
  9. Jill Roberts Center for IBD led by Colleen Webb
  10. M^2 Minus Crohn's led by Marianne Rocchio

Meet Our 2016 NYC Take Steps Adult Honored Hero, Amy Lane:

Amy Lane_2016 NYC Honoree“I have lived with IBD for the past twenty-eight years. I first learned about Crohn's disease during my freshman year of college when my mother was finally diagnosed after years of unexplained illness.

Shortly after graduating from college, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and chose to have surgery to construct a Jpouch after four years without remission despite drug efforts.  After ten awesome years, I started having symptoms again and was then diagnosed with Crohn’s disease six years later.  Despite an exhaustive list of drug treatments, hospitalizations and surgeries throughout my IBD "career," my disease has always returned with a vengeance.  

While my circumstances have been my reality, they have not become my perspective on my life. My goal as Honored Hero is to continue to raise awareness about the seriousness of IBD, and to raise $25,000 to help research for a cure.”

Click here to read the rest of Amy’s story! 

our Pediatric Honored Hero, Molly Roberts:

Molly Roberts_2016 NYC Pediatric Honored Hero"My name is Molly Roberts. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was eleven. It was my first year of middle school and I began to experience intense stomach pain, unbearable fatigue, and weight loss. It took several months for my doctors to determine the cause of these debilitating symptoms. 

Since my diagnosis, I’ve had my share of ups and downs. In the fall of tenth grade, my symptoms became so severe that I could not tolerate any solid food and was forced to have emergency surgery. Despite the burden of living with a chronic illness, my journey with Crohn’s has led me to discover the immense rewards of helping others who suffer from this disease. 

On May 12th, I will celebrate my 18th birthday as the Honored Hero at the NYC Take Steps Walk. I cannot imagine a more meaningful way to celebrate this important birthday. This year’s walk is also particularly meaningful to me because I am in my last year of high school. As I plan to go away to college, I want to publicly thank my CCFA community for educating and supporting me through the roughest of times."

Click here to read the rest of Molly's story!

and our GI Honored Hero, Dr. James Marion:

Dr. James MarionJames F. Marion, MD AGAF is a Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Attending Physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology, and the Charaka Club of New York. 

Dr. Marion has served on the National Patient Education Committee for CCFA and the Admissions Committee of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He has published several articles and abstracts on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  He lectures widely on these topics to both physician and lay audiences.  He has published several book chapters on IBD and serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.  He has served as a section editor for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. He was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Physician’s Award from the CCFA Long Island Chapter and the 2012 Physician of the Year Award from the CCFA Greater New York Chapter.

Click here to read more about Dr. Marion!

Meet our Greater New York Chapter Walk Staff:

Ali Berger
Ali Berger
Walk Director


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Kim Pang
Walk Coordinator