Houston, Let's Take Steps to Find a Cure
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk is committed to finding cures for digestive diseases.
More than 82 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to funding this mission, so you can give with confidence that your donation goes where it is needed most.
Walk Day Details:
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Houston Zoo
Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030
Time: Registration begins at 7 am | Walk begins at 7:45 am | Celebration in our private event space inside the zoo from 8:30-10 am
Take Steps takes place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor
Honored Hero Featured by Comcast
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.
Kick-Off: New Friends, Fab Tu-Tus
Thank you to the 48 people on several teams who attended the Kick-Off on Sunday, March 13! It was great to meet so many participants. Dr. Hou spoke about CCFA research successes, we learned that just a few people prefer cats over dogs, and Blayke (from Team Blayke, below) was the lucky raffle winner for the Family Day at the Houston Museum of Natural History Museum Package.
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.
"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."
Top Ten Fundraising Teams
Thank you to our current Top Ten fundraising teams for the 2016 Walk! (updated 4/15/2016)
- Caitlin's Crew - $18,621
- Team Cool Suhlio - $7,437
- Remission Control - $3,417
- Team Blayke - $3,050
- Paige's Crazy Crohn's Crew - $3,000
- Kate's Crew - $2,504
- Texas Darlin's & Dudes - $1,665
- Karen's Krazy Krewe - $1,150
- Kelly's Lucky 15 - $1,093
- Team Kelster - $725
Thank you to our Hope Givers, who are individuals who have raised $1,000 or more:
- Emily Avera
- Haley Brown
- Kelly Lyons
- Paige Malone
- Lisa Richardson
- Caitlin Rowley
- Tish Siau
- Melody Smith
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.
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!
Mail checks and money orders to:
5120 Woodway, Suite 8008
Houston, TX 77056
Questions? Get in touch!
Walk Manager - Houston
Phone: 713-572-2232 x 2