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Eastern Long Island Take Steps to Find a Cure!

Register to Walk!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.

Meet Our Medical Honoree! Ellen Li MD-PhD

Ellen LiCCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce Ellen LI, MD PhD  as your Medical Honoree.

Dr. Li is the Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stony Brook Medicine and a CCFA funded research scientist in inflammatory bowel diseases.  Prior to joining the faculty at stony brook in 2009 she was the founding  Director of the NIH Digestive Diseases Core Center at Washington University-St. Louis  where she  organized the GI Biobank Core focused on inflammatory bowel diseases.  Since moving to Stony Brook she has organized a parallel GI Biobank at Stony Brook Medicine.  She led one of the NIH funded  Human Microbiome Project demonstration projects on Crohn's Disease and  led a project in the CCFA Microbiome Initiative.  She has published a number of clinical translational studies investigating the effect of Crohn's disease genetic defects in innate immunity on the microbiome and is currently investigating whether fecal microbial transplant is effective in 1.) modifying the microbiome in inflammatory bowel diseases patients, 2.) modifying the clinical outcome in inflammatory bowel diseases patients.

By partnering with CCFA and being a part of Take Steps Dr. Li along with his colleague Dr.  Ramona Rajapakse and  the entire GI Group of Stony Brook Medicine 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. Li on October 23rd by joining her walk team

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Walk Day Details: 

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016 

Location: Stony Brook University's Student Activity Plaza

Address:  100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790

DirectionsClick here for directions!

FREE PARKING: is available at Stony Brook University Click here for directions to parking at SBU

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!

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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

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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.

Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team!

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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