Staten Island, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

Janine Kovats_Rollin' with My Crohnies 2 CroppedThe 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. 

Be a Take Steps MVP

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

Click here to see all the benefits you'll receive as an MVP.

Top 5 Teams so far...congrats!

Our top 5 fundraising teams as of 5/26/16:

  1. Purple Band Society led by Paige and Krista Ingoglia
  2. Broadway for Bellies led by Lisa, Tom, and Analise Scarpaci
  3. Relief for Rosanne led by Rosanna Mottola
  4. Rollin' with my Crohnies led by Janine Kovats
  5. Full of Crap led by Frank Gallinaro, Jr.

Meet Our 2016 Staten Island Adult Honored Hero, Liz Creazzo!

Liz Creazzo_2016 SI Take Steps HonoreeWhen I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 28 years old, I read all about it, but nothing could have prepared me for what lay ahead. I knew very little about this disease, but was educated extremely quickly as I was unresponsive to every medication that was attempted. Six months after being diagnosed and after spending a month in the hospital, I had the first step of my J-pouch operation. My path was filled with many complications along the way, after, and between my surgeries. As far as my story--indeterminate colitis is many things.

But through it all--it is also STRENGTH, perspective, determination, positivity, faith, realizing what is important in life, laughing at oneself, lots of bad TV;), realizing who is truly there for you, and being grateful for every healthy day. I am thankful towards my family, friends, and the host of doctors who saw me through the rough times. They helped me to overcome many difficult days and nights. 

I walk for better treatments, assistance to patient programs, hopefully a cure. I walk to promote advocacy and educate people of this little talked about disease.

Click here to read the rest of Liz's story. 

and our Pediatric Honored Hero, Paige Ingoglia!

Paige Ingoglia_Cropped.jpg"I’m Paige Ingoglia and I am delighted to be this year’s pediatric honoree. I am 13 years old and I’m in the 8th grade. My team and I did our first CCFA walk last year and since then, this walk has been a big part of my life. When I was asked to be this year’s pediatric honoree I immediately said “yes!"

 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in November of 2011 when I was 8 years old. My parents knew something was wrong with me because I began losing weight.  After an endoscopy and a colonoscopy, I was diagnosed and immediately I was put on many different medications. I felt good for about a year and a half and then in the summer of 2013, it began to go downhill for me. I constantly had pains in my stomach and did not want to eat. I was put on stronger medications, but I was so weak I couldn’t even go to school. I missed the last 33 days of 6th grade and I even missed my dance recital. 

I was later put on Remicade, which helped my pains but I still was not growing or gaining weight.  All through the summer of 2014, I was in and out of the emergency room. We found out that I had a blockage in my transverse colon, no food or liquid was able to pass. This had been my problem and had to be corrected with surgery. I had a temporary ostomy bag for 12 weeks and was able to have my reversal surgery. I am currently in remission and feeling wonderful. I am still on Remicade and have to go to the hospital every 8 weeks for treatment.

Last year my family and I decided to join the CCFA walk and we are so glad we did. I had a great time at the walk and I met so many people including one of my best friends, Gabrielle Siegel (who also has Crohn’s). This year we decided to form a team together. Raising money for research and awareness can help so many people. Not many people are familiar with Crohn’s disease but I am hoping to change that. Please support Crohn’s & Colitis so we can find a cure!"

Click here to read the rest of Paige's story.

Meet our Greater New York Chapter Walk Staff:

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Kim Pang

Walk Coordinator