St Louis, 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. 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!
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.
Walk Day Details:
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016
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 | Snacks and drinks available | Activities open 2:30 – 5:00
The Take Steps Walk will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly!
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 $150,000 towards 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 Top 10 Fundraising Teams:
- We're here for each other, me and my brother
- Gateway Gut-Check
- Ian's Crohn's Busters
- Sir Craps A Lot
- The Winter Family
- SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Crohn's & Colitis Crusaders
- Team Laura
- LOWERY'S ULTIMATE UC FIGHTERS
- Christopher's Support Group
Congratulations to our Top Fundraising Individuals from 2015! 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!
Want to become a Hope Giver? Email Emily for more info on how to build a successful fundraising campaign!
Participate in our Team Captain Training Program to become a top team!
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. Pro tip: send a letter to each person you mail your Christmas/Holiday cards to!
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. More people asking for support = more money raised for the mission!
Step 4: Raise money
The national fundraising average per person is $250. Encourage each of your team members to beat the national average. Lead by example, by making the first donation your own! Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company to help out by hosting a fundraiser or sponsoring. Not sure where to start? Contact Emily and she'll help you set something up! Email email@example.com or call 314-863-4747 x4
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!
NEW on Walk Day: CCFA Store!
Spread awareness year round by purchasing some of our brand new Take Steps items which will be available at the CCFA Store on walk day! Be sure to bring cash, check, or credit/debit card and swing by the tent on walk day! Don't forget to check out the other new enhancements we're bringing to walk day in 2016.
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!
2016 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.
Co-Chairs: Nicole Clark and Jeremy Klaven
Katie Blair | Kendra Lowery | Barb DuBois | Tracey Beilsmith | Nicole Clark | Tina Henderson
Hilary Sherrod | Jenny Rogers | Deb Harrington | Tim Dahl | Kyle Ellrich | Laurie & Erin Lofton
Next meeting: Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 PM
If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you collected donations that need to be applied to your fundraising page?
MAIL OFFLINE DONATIONS TO:
Attn: Take Steps
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117