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Baltimore, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

Register to Walk!Will You Join Us in 2015??  CLICK HERE FOR IMPORTANT WALK DAY UPDATES!

Check out the view from the 2014 Baltimore Take Steps Walk and get inspired to walk with us in 2015 at Rash Field in Baltimore's Inner Harbor on June 6th!

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is CCFA's largest fundraising event, having brought together over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation's mission.

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

Click the picture for a map of the site!

2015 Route Map    site map for website

 


Did you hear the news?  The 2014 Baltimore walk was in the top 10!

Top Ten Badge

Thank You to our 2015 Platinum Presenting Sponsor

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WE WALK IN BALTIMORE THIS WEEK!!!!

Register today!  iT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!  Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive disease!


WALK DAY LINE-UP

4:30  –    Registration, Vendors & Games OPEN

Stop by the Kids Corral – Face Painting by Planet Awkward, Balloon Artist, Book Signing with Jason Williams & The YMCA

5:00 –    DOC TALK Speaker Series at DOC Talk Tent

Advances in IBD with a local Doctor from Johns Hopkins

5:15 –     Kid’s Fit Boot Camp mini-session with Jason Williams at the Kid’s Corral

5:30 –     Pre-Walk Program Begins at the Pavilion

Featuring Honored Hero: Joshua Thomas

6:00 -     LET’S WALK!! See course map below

6:30 -      Time to EAT!  

        Enjoy food from our Picnic Sponsor Bertucci’s
        Vendors & Activities OPEN
        Stop by the Pet Corral sponsored by BARCS
        Book Signing with Jason Williams

6:30 –     DOC TALK Speaker Series – DOC Talk Tent    

        Women’s Health & IBD with Dr. Leyla Ghazi from UMMC

6:45 -     Stop by the Kids Corral for Kid’s Fit Boot Camp mini-session with Jason Williams

7:00 –     DOC TALK Speak Series – DOC Talk Tent

        Nutrition & IBD with Joshua Nachman from Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine Digestive Center

7:15 – Outdoor Concert w/ The Music Workshop!

 


Wanna Win a spin around town with Batman in the Batmobile?!?!

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Batman has agreed to offer one lucky winner a ride around town – to school, baseball game, friends playdate, joy ride, whatever!  Everyone is eligible to enter!  For continuing to strive toward your goal and keeping the fundraising momentum going even after the walk, for every $250 you raise between JUNE 1st and JUNE 30th, you will gain one entry into the drawing!  Raise $500 and you’ll be entered 3 times, $750 = 5 times!  A whole month to surpass your fundraising goal and think about where you would like Batman to take you!!

 


 

Love Your FitBit?  Wanna participate in the Baltimore Take Steps with FitBit contest at the walk?!? Follow these easy "Steps!"

1.Register for a Take Steps Walk in Baltimore go to www.cctakesteps.org/baltimore.

2. Make a $25 self-donation and be eligible to win prizes based on the steps that you take for our cause.

3. Join the FitBit group, "Take Steps Baltimore "Steps" Competition" go to- https://www.fitbit.com/group/22PPHB

4. Ask donors to pledge $10 per 10,000 steps and help raise awareness and funds for the over 1.6 Million American's living with IBD.- include a link to your personal fundraising page to collect donations post walk

5. Contest starts at midnight on Friday, June 5th and ends at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th (at the end of the walk)

6. Winner will be announced at the Baltimore Walk on June 6th and will win a $100 Charm City Run gift card among other prizes. Email kramirez@ccfa.org with any questions

P.S. If you have a Fitbit tracker, it can collect all your fitness information for the group leader boards automatically.

 


 

Wanna Show Your Take Steps Pride with this Window Decal?

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It's easy!!!  Make a self-donation today of $25 (or more) and as a thank you for taking the first step to showing your commitment to the cause, we will send you a Take Steps Window Decal - or as we 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 Baltimore Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25 (or more!) and you will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place.

Encourage all your teammates to join you in showing of their own decal by each making a minimum self-donation of $25!

Help us raise awareness!!

Take a photo with your #DecalDon (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!! 


Way to Go!

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 $240,000, many of you have been hard leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising!

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Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Teams:

 


  • New This Year:  MVP (Most Valuable Participants) Top Fundraising Program!

    The MVP 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.   Our MVP's will be specially recognized at the walk and will qualify for various fundraising incentives.  Encourage all your team mates to join the MVP Program!


    You can be an Awareness Builder by raising $100
    You can be a Hope Giver by raising $1,000
    You can be a Cures Believer when your team raises $5,000


    Hit these fundraising goals and you will qualify for walk day incentives!


    Awareness Builder - Raise $100 and receive a commemorative walk day Take Steps T-shirt.

    Hope Giver - Raise $1,000 and claim your walk day sign on Recognition row to show the world why you walk.

    Cures Believer - When your Team raises $5,000, relax under your private tent on walk day!


    Fundraising Tip:  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.


    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: Write Personal Fundraising Letters & Emails

    Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts.

    Step 3: Recruit Participants

    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 encourage your each of your of your team members to beat the national average.  Approach 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 name, post flyers in your neighborhood, and share information on social media!

    Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success

    Attend the Walk. Take a team photo. Eat, drink and celebrate raising funds to find cures for Crohn's and colitis!

     


    Have you collected donations that need to be applied to your fundraising page?  

    MAIL OFFLINE DONATIONS (In check form) TO:

    Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter

    ATTN:   Misty Keens

    1201 S. Sharp St.

    Suite 107

    Baltimore, MD 21230

     


    GET AND STAY CONNECTED!

    Visit the Maryland/Southern Delaware Chapter website here

    Find a support group here

    Connect with the IBD Help Center