St Louis, 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.  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.


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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 | Food served after walk | 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!


Decal Don

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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 $150,000 we want to recognize those who are leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising. 

Congratulations to our Top 10 Fundraising Teams from 2015:

  • No Colon, Still Rollin' - Led by Barb DuBois - $9,199
  • Sir Craps A Lot - Led by Nicole & Alex Clark - $6,958
  • The Winter Family - Led by Jeff Winter - $6,169
  • Foul Bowels - Led by Jenny & Warren Rogers - $4,365
  • Strut for the Gut - Led by Brent & Andrea Cantor - $4,007
  • The Crohn's Zone - Led by Jeremy Klaven - $3,988
  • Team Anic - Led by Patricia Anic - $3,140
  • Crohn's Crushers - Led by Beth Lindner - $3,128
  • Extinguish IBD - Led by Sarah Hargis - $2,830
  • Marcus' Mob - Led by Marcus Otto - $2,780

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!

  • Nicole & Alex Clark - $6,686
  • Jeff Winter - $5,829
  • Emily DuBois - $4,974
  • Jeremy Klaven - $3,683
  • Patricia Anic - $2,890
  • Marcia Denenholz - $2,770
  • Sarah Hargis - $2,690
  • Marcus Otto - $2,340
  • Natalie Sparacio - $2,075
  • Christian Henley - $2,005
  • Chad & Krystle Nolan - $1,665
  • Jenny & Warren Rogers - $1,640
  • Sean Madden - $1,545
  • Patty Pursley - $1,345
  • Pamela Gordon - $1,325
  • Emma Chrismer - $1,255
  • Gary VerDouw - $1,255
  • Megan Charleville - $1,250
  • Miriam Cherry - $1,240
  • Kyle Ellrich - $1,125
  • Will Neal - $1,125
  • Tina Duke - $1,020


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. 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 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!

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
Amy Willett | Kendra Lowery | Barb DuBois | Tracey Beilsmith | Nicole Clark | Tina Henderson 
Warren Henderson | Jenny Rogers | Deb Harrington | Laura Steiner | Kyle Ellrich

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 11th at 6:00 PM

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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