Hampton Roads , Take Steps to Find a Cure!
The Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk is one of CCFA’s largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. Our walks offer an incredible day for family, friends and the community to come together in celebration of all their hard work and dedication to our mission.
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. Find a walk in your local community and join thousands of others Taking Steps for cures.
MEET OUR LOCAL PATIENT HONORED HEROES
Luke is now an optimistic and outgoing high school freshman but behind his bright smile is a daily battle with Crohn's disease. He has been managing digestive issues since a very young age. His entire young life he has dealt with weight fluctuations, development challenges, chronic pain, countless days of missed school and several emergency and scheduled procedures. Luke is motivated to making a difference in the lives of others suffering from IBD - including a special project focused on improving long-term hospital stays for pediatric patients.
Marisa was officially diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 7 years old but her mother can remember back much further with Marisa having issues with pain and digestion.
It has been a long journey to the positive and bubbly lifetstyle that Marisa now leads. Being sick for most of your life is not a fun foundation for a growing child. Months on end of flares, in and out of the doctor and hospital, false hope with medications that work until they don't. There was a pattern of what seemed hopeless, until Marissa didn't give up.
Finally in high school she began to feel well enough to get her life back and was able to play field hockey and remain on the honor roll as well. Marisa not only graduated with honors but has gone onto study pre med at James Madison University where she is currently studying. She hopes to one day become a Pediatric Gastroenterologist so she can make a difference in the lives of children just like she was.
Walk Day Details:
Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Location: Mount Trashmore Park
Address: 310 Edwin Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Directions: Click here for directions!
Time: Festivities and check-in begin at 3PM, Walk starts at 4PM
The Take Steps Walk will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!
Thank you to our presenting sponsor!
What should you bring with you on Sunday, September 18th?
- Donations! Please bring any additional donations with you on walkday. These should be sealed in a walker envelope and turned in at Registration.
- Your teammates in fabulous team t-shirts.
- A picnic for those with special dietary restrictions.
- A blanket or beach chairs to lounge in before and after the walk.
- Strollers, bikes, wagons and dogs are all welcome!
- Sneakers, sunglasses, sunscreen...and lot's of Take Steps Spirit!
What you can expect at the Walk:
- Refreshments including water and fruit, small snacks, and pizza after the walk.
- The Camp Oasis Kids Corral area with a face painter, games, cotton candy, and a bounce house.
- The Take Steps Spirit Photo Booth with tons of fun props.
- An energizing stage presentation and live music
- A visual representation of the patients served by our chapter and a patient recognition ceremony
How to get there:
The walk starts and ends at Pavilions 1 and 2 of Mount Trashmore Park located at 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. The closest parking to the walk start is P2 along Edwin Drive but there are multiple free lots available at the park. (see park map)
- Awareness Builder- Individauals who raise $100 or more
- Inspiration Creator- Individuals who raise $500 or more
- Hope Giver- Individuals who raise $1,000 or more
FUNDRAISING TIP/MATCHING GIFTS: Have you been matched?
Matching-gifts are an easy way to significantly increase the impact of your contributions. Many companies around the country donate funds to match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. A dollar-for-dollar match is common, and some companies will even contribute up to two or three dollars for each dollar an employee gives. Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses!
So what are you waiting for? Ask your company today if it offers a matching-gift program, and request a matching-gift form. Send us the completed and signed form via mail, email or fax and we will do the rest.
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: Add your personal touch and share your story.
Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts and update your personal fudraising page.
Step 3: It's more fun with friends!
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. Set a High Aim goal. Ask 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 identifier, share information on social media, and create a team fundraiser that gets your community involved! Need ideas? Ask your walk team.
Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success!
Attend the walk. Take a team photo. Plan a post walk celebration!