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CCMC 2016

Long Island, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

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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.

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Walk Day Details: 

Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016 

Location: Marjorie Post Park, Massapequa 

Address: 451 Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758  

Directions: Click here for directions! 

Time: Registration begins at 11:30 am | Walk starts at 1:00 pm | Snacks and drinks available | Activities open 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 

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

Ways to participate in Take Steps

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. As we continue to strive to surpass our local fundraising goal of $300,000 we want to recognize those who are leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising. 


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The Most Valuable Participant Program was created to recognize top teams and individuals going above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action, and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach.
Empower, Inspire, and connect- be a Take Steps MVP Today!
  • Awareness Builder- Individauals who raise $100 or more 
  • Inspiration Creator- Individuals who raise $500 or more 
  • Hope Giver- Individuals who raise $1,000 or more 
  • Cures Believer Team- Teams that raise $10,000 or more


  • Faruq Abdullah (Aureus Take Steps for IBD)
  • Nikki Liberto  (Team Liberto)
  • Kaitlyn Lavella (Floral Parkers)
  • Sydney Fells (Team P.I.T.A)
  • Laurie Jacobson (Team Jacobson)
  • Rebecca Monachelli (Eleanor Rigby's Walk Team)
  • Harrison Gillman (Team H-Man)
  • Jill Fuchs (Team Challenge Alumni, Friends & Family)
  • Raluca Vrabie (Winthrop University Hospital Fights IBD)
  • Alexa, Jason & Chloe Gura (The Gura Gang)
  • Dorothea and Raymond Froese (Team Schmidt)
  • Robert Schmidt (Team Schmidt)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP 5 TEAMS OF 2016! (updated 4/26/16)

  • Team Jacobson - Led by Laurie Jacobson - $7,816 Raised
  • Team H-Man - Led by Harrison Gillman - $7,322 Raised
  • Team Plainview - Led by Darren Gang - $5,410 Raised
  • Eleanor Rigby's Walk Team - Led by Rebecca Monachelli & Kim Harmon - $4,355 Raised
  • Team Schmidt - Led by Robert Schmidt - $3,335 Raised

Who will be our top fundraisers in teams of 2016?! Keep up the amazing work!

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

Dr. MarkowitzCCFA 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 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

Stephen Dolgin MDCCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce 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.  We invite you to join Dr. Dolgin on June 12th by joining his walk team

matching gift


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.


Register to Walk!6 Steps to put the fun in FUNdraising:

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


*Checks should be made payable to CCFA


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