2016 Houston Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis

Houston, Let's Take Steps to Find a Cure!

2015 Houston Take Steps Team

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.  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 right in your own backyard. There is no fee to register and no team is too big or small!

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.


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Walk Day Details:

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Location: Houston Zoo

Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030

Directions: Click here for directions!

Time: Registration begins at 7am | Walk starts at 9am

The Take Steps Walk will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!

Meet Your Honored Hero: Caitlin Rowley!

Each year, we honor a select person affected by Crohn's or colitis who exemplify hope and strength while recognizing the need to give back. At various ages and different stages of disease, our honored heroes inspire us to keep fighting. They are committed to raising funds for research and support, and are determined to keep taking steps until we find a cure. We owe it to these, and all IBD patients, to do our part by spreading awareness for IBD, advocating for patients' rights, and raising $130,000 towards a cure!

This year, our Honored Hero is Caitlin Rowley. Her story is coming soon!


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Make a self-donation today of $25+ and you will be rewarded with a Take Steps decal

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 2016 Houston Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25 and you will receive a window decal to place in your car, office, home, or anywhere that will spread awareness. Be a part of making a difference to the 1.6 million Americans living with IBD. 

Let's show the world your commitment to the fight against digestive diseases. Together we will find a cure!

Leading the Pack...

Take Steps spreads awareness about IBD throughout our community while raising crucial funds to fuel the mission-critical research, education and support services of CCFA. We want to recognize those who are leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising.

Congratulations to our Top 10 Fundraising Teams from 2015:

  • Caitlin's Crew  - Led by Caitlin Rowley - $16,295
  • Team Lizard  - Led by Keegan Lessard - $10,808
  • Matt Jackson CCFA Money Train - Led by Matt Jackson - $6,450
  • You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Potty!!!!!!!!!!!!!  - Led by Marni Goldman - $5,576
  • Paige's Crazy Crohn's Crew  - Led by Jeanne Malone - $5,050
  • Remission Control  - Led by Melody Smith - $4,024
  • The Entourage  - Led by Haley Polak - $2,435
  • Push to Poop  - Led by Shawn Abt - $2,375
  • #2 IS THE NEW #1  - Led by Katy Cottle - $2,025
  • Queen Of The Throne  - Led by Mackenzie Hengst - $1,990

Congratulations to our Top Fundraising Individuals from 2015! 

 These MVPs are our Hope Givers, each having raised $1,000 or more toward curing IBD and supporting fellow patients.

  • Caitlin Rowley - $14,215
  • Keegan Lessard - $10,318
  • Matt Jackson - $6,450
  • Paige Malone - $4,750
  • Melody Smith - $3,524
  • Andrew Stessel - $2,650
  • Shawn Abt - $2,275
  • Michelle Stoddard - $1,490
  • Kelly Rodrigues - $1,325
  • Marni Goldman - $1,305
  • Katy Cottle - $1,300
  • Bianca Gonzalez - $1,231
  • Jim Chisholm - $1,132
  • Rashad Butler - $1,100
  • Stephanie LeBlanc - $1,001
  • Mary Jaffe - $1,000
  • Lisa Richardson - $1,000

Questions? Get in touch!

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

Fundraising Basics

Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team! We're all working together to fund research for a cure, but the competition to take the top fundraising award is fierce!

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 by 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. Pro tip: send a letter to each person you mail your Christmas/Holiday cards to!

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. More people asking for support = more money raised for the mission!

Step 4: Raise money
The national fundraising average per person is $250. Encourage each of your team members to beat the national average.  Lead by example, by making the first donation your own! Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company to help out by hosting a fundraiser or sponsoring. Not sure where to start? Contact Emily and she'll help you set something up! Email edubois@ccfa.org or call 314-863-4747 x4

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! Nothing is more powerful than an engaged and excited team!

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! Don’t forget to send thank you notes when you’re all done!




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CCFA South Texas
Attn: Take Steps
5120 Woodway, Suite 8008.
Houston, TX 77056-1758


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2016 MVP Support Levels:

Awareness Builder

Individuals who raise $100+

  • Access to all event day activities
  • Commemorative 2016 Take Steps t-shirt
Take Steps 2016 tshirt design

Inspiration Creator

Individuals who raise $500+

  • Access to all event day activities
  • Commemorative 2016 Take Steps t-shirt
  • Access to an exclusive CCFA webinar highlighting advances in IBD research
  • Take Steps lunch cooler
Take Steps Incentives - Lunch cooler - $500

Hope Giver

Individuals who raise $1,000+

  • Access to all event day activities
  • Commemorative 2016 Take Steps t-shirt
  • Access to an exclusive CCFA webinar highlighting advances in IBD research
  • Take Steps lunch cooler
  • Recognition before, during, and after the Walk
  • Your choice between a Take Steps umbrella or beach towel
Take Steps Incentives - Umbrella - $1000Take Steps Incentives - Blue Beach Towel - $1000

Cures Believer Team

The Top Fundraising Team in Houston receives:

  • Reserved meeting area for team members
  • Recognition during and after event day