St. Louis, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

STL walkersThe Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis walk is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Many patients have only ever met a handful of other patients suffering from IBD – this is a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of IBD patients, families, and supporters right in your own backyard. There is no fee to register and no team is too big or small!

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Walk Day Details:

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015

Location: Creve Coeur Lake Park

Address: 13725 Marine Ave, St. Louis, MO 63043

Directions: Click here for directions!

Time: Registration begins at 2:30 | Walk starts at 3:30 | Food served after walk | Activities open 2:30 – 5:00

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

What to look forward to:

-       DJ

-       Bounce House

-       Ask a Doc at the Mission Tent

-       Rams Play 60 bus

-       Kid’s Zone- Face Painting, Balloon Creations, Anna & Elsa, Captain America, Recycling Game & more!

-       Raffle

-       Photo booth

-       Live band, The Stars Go Out, following the walk

-       Great Food

Checking In:

Upon arriving at the walk site, please stop at the Registration tent first. This is where you will turn in the money you have raised and pick up your incentive coupons. All walkers who have raised $100 will receive a coupon for a Take Steps t-shirt.  All walkers who have raised $250+ will receive a coupon for a Take Steps tote bag a Take Steps t-shirt. And all walkers who have raised $500+ will receive a coupon for a Take Steps water bottle, Take Steps tote bag and a Take Steps t-shirt.  Please make sure your collection envelope is properly filled out, sealed, and signed before coming to the Registration tent.  

Walk Day Donations:

If you cannot attend one of the above Bank Days, you can turn in your donations the day of the walk.  We ask all participants to set a goal, fundraise, and help us create awareness for this very important fundraising event. We appreciate the support we receive from all the teams and individuals that register and participate in this event and would not be able to provide funding for research and mission-critical services without that support.

*You need to get everyone registered for the walk who plans on attending and who has raised funds. Only registered walkers who turn in donations/funds will be able to receive incentives and wristbands for the festivities. Small children, of course, are the exception and are more than welcome as this is a family event!

Raffle Prizes:

Stop by the raffle tent for your chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes! This year we have Cardinals tickets, hotel stays, dining experiences and much more!  

Meet Your Honored Heroes!

Each year, we honor a select few kids and adults affected by Crohn's or colitis who exemplify hope and strength while recognizing the need to give back. At various ages and different stages of disease, our honored heroes inspire us to keep fighting. They are committed to raising funds for research and support, and are determined to keep taking steps until we find a cure. We owe it to these, and all IBD patients, to do our part by spreading awareness for IBD, advocating for patients' rights, and raising $148,000 towards a cure!

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Click on the image to read their stories!

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How it works? – Make a self-donation today of $25.00+ and you will be rewarded with a Take Steps 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 St. Louis Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25 and you will receive a window decal to place in your car, office, home, or anywhere that will spread awareness.  Be a part of making a difference to the 1.6 million Americans living with IBD. 

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 and share it on our Facebook page.

Let's show the world your team’s commitment to the fight against digestive diseases. Together we will find a cure!

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 $152,000 we want to recognize those who are leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising. 

Congratulations to our current Top 5 Fundraising Teams:

Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Individuals! These MVP’s are our Hope Givers, each having raised $1,000 or more. We'll be honoring their commitment to curing IBD and supporting fellow patients with a special surprise on walk day!


Fundraising Basics

Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team! We're all working together to fund research for a cure, but the competition to take the top fundraising award is fierce!

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 by 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 each of your team members to beat the national average.  Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company to help out! 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! Nothing is more powerful than an engaged and excited team!

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! Don’t forget to send thank you notes when you’re all done!

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!

SLU Hospital  Cardinal Glennon  Edward Jones Logo  ARCO Construciton Logo 1  Tetrasoft Childrens  Express Scripts Logo  Brown & Crouppen Logo  CliftonLarsonAllen Logo

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2015 Planning Committee

Join us in giving a HUGE thank you to our Take Steps Planning Committee! This group of dedicated volunteers gives generously of their time and talent to put on a successful walk.

Chair: Lynda VerDouw
Co-Chair: Hannah Brockman
Amy Willett | Jeremy Klaven | Barb DuBois | Tracey Beilsmith | Nicole Clark | Tina Henderson
Warren Henderson | Jenny Rogers | Deb Harrington | Laura Steiner | Kyle Ellrich

If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Emily at


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CCFA Mid-America
Attn: Take Steps
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Suite 1510
St. Louis, MO 63117

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