Long Island, 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.
RSVP and Save the Date for our Kickoff Party!
Bring your supporters out to Syosset Lanes! Get to know other families and companies involved and hear our amazing Honored Heroes share their testimonies. Complimentary Continental Breakfast on us! All ages welcome, but you must RSVP in order to attend.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Check-in Opens at 11:30 am
Program and Breakfast begin at 11:45 am
Please arrive on time as we have a pretty amazing program in store with bowling to immediately follow!
Meet Our Community Leader! James Markowitz, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
CCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce our 2016 Presenting Sponsor and Community 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 $300,000 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 http://online.ccfa.org/goto/PediatricIBDC-CCMC 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.
Meet Our Medical Honoree! Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D
CCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce our Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D. as your Medical Honoree. Dr. Dolgin is a pediatric surgeon with a career long commitment to helping care for young patients with IBD. For 21 years he was Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. For the past 10 he has been at Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY and is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He has written and lectured widely and cared for hundreds of patients with IBD. With his colleagues at Cohen Children's Medical Center he is dedicated to the best possible care for patients and their families. Their goal is to operate when needed with the least possible morbidity and to allow each patient to live as healthy and normal a life as possible.
By partnering with CCFA and being a part of Take Steps Dr. Dolgin along with his colleague Dr. James Markowitz and the entire IBD Center of Cohen Children's Medical Center team are making a commitment to the Long Island IBD community (an estimated 40,000 of the children and adults live here on Long Island) that nothing is more important than finding better, more effective treatments, and ultimately, cures. Join Dr. Dolgin on June 12th by joining his walk team http://online.ccfa.org/goto/PediatricIBDC-CCMC.
Join us in welcoming back the following teams to the 2016 Long Island Take Steps Walk:
- Allie's GF Goodies
- Danielle's Crazy Crohnies
- Eleanor Rigby's Walk Team
- Farrell Fritz Walk Team
- GEICO Walk Team
- Girls (boys too) Making a Difference
- Gutsy Gals
- Joey's Crohnies
- Kohl's Jericho Fights IBD
- PWC Walk Team
- Pediatric IBD Center of Cohen Children's Medical Center
- Puccio Electric Walk Team
- Shari's Crohnies
- Team Berkowitz
- Team Challenge Alumni, Friends & Family
- Team Harrison and his Crohnies
- Team Kaitlyn
- Team Plainview
- Team Schmidt
- Team Tanya
- Team Thilesen
- Teen Girls for a Cure
- Toni's Warriors
- Walkers for Hope
- Winthrop University Hospital Fights IBD
Congratulations to our 2015 Top Fundraising Teams:
- , led by Harrison Gillman
- , led by Robert Schmidt
- Puccio Electric Walk Team, led by Mark Puccio
- , led by Darren Gang
- The Gura Gang, led by Alexa, Jason & Chloe
- Team Jacobson, led by Laurie Jacobson
- The RED Team, led by Rachel Dimenstein
Who will our 2016 Top Teams Be? Are you up for the Challenge!
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!
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
Include your TEAM NAME and/or PARTICIPANT NAME
*Checks should be made payable to CCFA