(The thermometer to the right is missing the funds promised but not yet received from sponsors, so the totals don't match..yet!)

903 People Celebrate at the Zoo

With an unprecedented 903 event attendees, we set a record for Take Steps Walk participation in Houston. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy a morning of facepainting, Fiona the Giant Bunny, education, and many other great activities.

Thank you as well to:

  • Our generous sponsors, particularly Presenting Sponsor Greater Houston Gastroenterology, for their support.
  • The volunteers, who  worked tirelessly leading up to the event and arrived at 5:30 am to make it a great day.
  • Caitlin Rowley, our Honored Hero, whose team, Caitlin's Crew, raised over $21,000 toward cures!

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Walk Day Details:

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Location: Houston Zoo

Fundraising incentive prizes

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

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Press release

Meet Our Event MC: Kat Cosley

Anchor, Reporter, Producer, Host, Speaker – you name it and Katishia "Kat" Cosley has done it!

You can catch Kat on the top-ranked, ABC Network Owned Affiliate, KTRK-TV ABC 13, where she serves as host of the popular entertainment an informational show "Check this Out Houston".

You can also see her daily on ABC’s Live Well Network as host of the national money-saving show "Deals", where she teaches people how to Live Well for Less.


Honored Hero Featured by Comcast

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Caitlin Rowley, our 17-year-old Honored Hero, was interviewed by Michael Bybee of Comcast Newsmakers, about the upcoming Take Steps Walk. Comcast Newsmakers is a local news program that provides local, state and federal officials, as well as community leaders, with a platform to discuss issues and ideas important to the communities they serve.

Meet Your Honored Hero: Caitlin Rowley!

For our Honored Heroes, on behalf of all IBD patients, we do our part by spreading awareness for IBD, advocating for patients' rights, and raising funds toward a cure.

2016 Take Steps Houston Honored Hero Caitlin Rowley

"My name is Caitlin Rowley, and I have Crohn's disease. In 2013, my health began to decline drastically. After months of pain and a multitude of testing, the doctors finally came to the conclusion that I had Crohn's. I had never heard of this illness before, and little did I know that it would become such a huge part of my life. The following year was encompassed with months of hospital stays and missing school, as well as an ileostomy bag, which was a challenge I would never like to face again.

Since my ostomy reversal surgery in 2014, life has been more comfortable. I get infusions each month to control the disease, and I am able to participate in regular school activities and play on the tennis team.

Throughout my health journey, my faith has played a vital role in helping me to have a positive attitude. I often say that attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. I always strive to see the light in darkness. Despite all of the suffering I've encountered, I am thankful that this disease has changed my perspective on life and has brought my family and I closer.

It is important that we raise awareness for these illnesses so that one day, millions of people's suffering will cease with a cure. Through awareness and donations, we can do this!

Please join me in the 2016 Houston Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis walk."


Thank you!

  • Cure Believer teams ($5,000+ raised)

    • Caitlin's Crew - $21,243
    • Team Cool Suhlio - $13,578
    • Remission Control - $6,347
    • Team Blayke - $5,515
    • Texas Darlin's & Dudes - $5,213

    Thank you Hope Givers ($1,000+ raised)

    • Caitlin Rowley - $18,728
    • Melody Smith - $3,380
    • Lisa Richardson - $3,198
    • Emily Avera - $3,140
    • Tish Siau - $3,125
    • Paige Malone - $2,700
    • Summer Cannon - $1,675
    • Blake Romero - $1,550
    • Starley Buchanan - $1,450
    • Louis Provenzano - $1,400


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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.

Mailing Donations

Mail checks and money orders to:

Take Steps
5120 Woodway, Suite 8008
Houston, TX 77056

Questions? Get in touch!

Jen Small
Walk Manager - Houston
Email: jsmall@ccfa.org
Phone: 713-572-2232 x 2


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