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for taking steps for a future free from Crohn’s and Colitis  

The Long Island Take Steps Walk has become a tradition for so many families. Your determination and partnership is the driving force behind this success, and we thank you for your support.

We are thrilled to announce that together we have raised more than $244,256 and hosted over 2,000 participants!  

Let's not stop there, please continue to fundraise to support our mission of finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

Just think, if each registered participant (all 1,800) each raised an additional $50
we could hit the $325,000 mark for this year!!!!

take the challenge

We challenge you to continue to fundraise... Consider asking 5 of your friends to donate $30 to your efforts between now and June 30th and your name will be entered to win a Gift Card.  You will receive one entry for every additional $30 you raise (between 6/13/15 - 6/30/15).

Additional donations can be made online at CLICK HERE or sent to:

CCFA Long Island Chapter
585 Stewart Avenue, Ste 304
Garden City, NY 11530
Attn: Suzanne Beck
include your name/team name

Special thanks to: 

Please accept CCFA’s heartfelt appreciation for your commitment to the Walk and a cure. 

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Long Island Take Steps walk day pictures have arrived!!!! Check them out today.!i=4123869755&k=8jnrZ7S

Plenty more photos to come!  Feel free to e-mail Oren at with any questions, if you're looking for someone who you don't see pictured, would like to see an image in black and white, etc. If you plan to order prints, you can also e-mail Oren to see if he has any additional photos of you, your family, or team. Please note, the copyright/watermark will not appear on photos you purchase. 25% of profits from photo sales will be donated back to the Long Island Chapter of CCFA

The Long Island Walk was the nations 4th largest fundraising Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis walk in 2014!

Thanks to all of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers!

Let's get to number 1 for 2015! 

So come on Long Island - WE GOT THIS!!!

Top Ten 2014

Meet Our Corporate Leader! James Markowitz, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. MarkowitzCCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce our 2015 Presenting Sponsor and Corporate Leader - James Markowitz, MD,
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Dr. Markowitz and the entire Pediatric IBD Center of the Division of Gastroenterology /Nutrition are aiming high!  They have committed to CCFA and the Long Island Take Steps Walk and are not only our “Presenting Sponsor” they also have a walk team with a $10,000 fundraising goal!

We invite you to join us as we strive  to raise a record high of $305,000 to help people suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract that cause severe pain, prolonged hospitalization, and potentially life threatening complications and surgeries.

Today is the day to sign up on our team at or to create your own team please by clicking on "Form a New Team" above.

James Markowitz, MD, serves as the Director of the Pediatric IBD Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  He also holds the title of Full Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.   In his role as Director of the Pediatric IBD Center, Dr. Markowitz oversees the care of over six hundred actively followed children and teenagers in the Division.  This involves coordinating the care provided by ten pediatric gastroenterologists, a nurse practitioner, and a physician assistant as well as coordinating the pediatric pathology conference with respect to IBD and weekly IBD Center clinical conference meetings. 

Continue reading about Dr. Markowitz - CLICK HERE.


Decal Don, How it works?

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Make a self-donation today of $25.00 (or more) and you will be rewarded with a Take Steps Decal
or as we'd like to call it Decal Don.  
  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 2015 Long Island Take Steps Walk  and make a self-donation of $25 and you will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place. 
Be a part of making a difference to those who suffer in silence.

Next Steps - Help us raise awareness!

Take a photo with your “Decal Don” (think Flat Stanley) and share on social media.  Don't forget to tag us
with #decaldon.  Let's show the world your team’s commitment to the fight against digestive diseases.  Together we will find a cure!



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. As we continue to strive to surpass our local fundraising goal of $305,000, many of you have been hard leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising!

We invite you to join us in providing hope, inspiring action and finding cures by becoming a Take Steps MVP.

  • Be an Awareness Builder by raising $100 or more and receive a commemorative Take Steps t-shirt.
  • Raise $1,000 or more to become a Hope Giver. Join the club that is funding cures today and you will receive special recognition for your tremendous impact!
  • Working together as a team, you can become a Cures Believer when you reach top team status in your site.
  • CLICK HERE for complete details

Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Teams:

  1. Team H-Man, led by Harrison Gillman
  2. Team Schmidt, led by Robert Schmidt
  3. Puccio Electric Walk Team, led by Mark Puccio
  4. Team Plainview, led by Darren Gang
  5. The Gura Gang, led by Alexa, Jason & Chloe
  6. Team Jacobson, led by Laurie Jacobson
  7. The RED Team, led by Rachel Dimenstein

Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Individuals (raised $1,000 or more!):

  1. Robert Schmidt
  2. Mark Puccio
  3. Darren Gang
  4. Rachel Dimenstein
  5. Laurie Jacobson
  6. Harrison Gillman
  7. Alexa, Jason & Chloe Gura
  8. Raluca Vrabie
  9. Eric & Rachel Gillman
  10. Shari Kleinman
  11. Jagger Gillman
  12. Ethan Bradford
  13. Laurence Ross
  14. Mariellen Thilesen
  15. Jeff Levinsohn
  16. Patricia Cacioppo
  17. Tyler Cacioppo
  18. Dorothea and Raymond Froese
  19. Rebecca Monachelli
  20. Suzanne Beck


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.

Long Island, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

walk for curesTake Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s largest fundraising event having touched over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation’s mission.

Our Take Steps walks offer a wonderful day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. Our walk events are filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, and, of course, wonderful exposure for our corporate partners. In 2014, more than 70,000 people joined us nationwide, helping us raise $11M.

82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.

Register today. Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases.


Please mail all Take Steps offline donations to:

CCFA Long Island Chapter - Take Steps
Attention: Suzanne Beck
585 Stewart Avenue, Ste 304
Garden City, NY 11530


*Checks should be made payable to CCFA