Portland, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

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Hello from your Walk Manager, Jessica Gale



What an incredible weekend at Payson Park in Portland Maine!  Together, we have raised over $51,000!  I am extremely blessed to be part of such a wonderful organization and our Maine CCFA family!  Remember, there is still time to fundraise as we are taking donations until December 31st!  


Semi-Colons Cheryl Blank
Team Lily Irene Rebecca Day
Team Chippy Jessica Gale
Team Claire Bear Claire Starks
Stool Runnings Sam McAdam
Sh*ts & Giggles :) Michael Flaherty
Whitey007 Julie White
Team Noah Noah Bisson
Crohn Wars: Attack of the Cures Sabrina Cornelli



Dr. Cheryl Blank  $4500

Ms. Nicole Edmunds $2500



Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s largest fundraising event having touched over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation’s mission.  Our Take Steps walks offer a wonderful day for family,friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission.Our walk events are filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials,and, of course, wonderfulexposure for our corporate partners. In 2014, more than 70,000 people joined us nationwide, helping us raise $11M.82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patientsupport services in communities across the nation.

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



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Decal Don... How it works!

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Make a self-donation today of $25.00 (or more) and you will be rewarded with a Take Steps Decal or as we'd 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 Maine Take Steps Walk and make a self-donation of $25! You will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place.  Be a part of making a difference to those who suffer in silence.

Next Steps - Help us raise awareness!  Take a photo with your “Decal Don” (think Flat Stanley) and share on social media. 

Meet our 2015 Honoree


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My name is Michael Flaherty. I'm 29 years old, I live in Portland, Maine and I have Crohn’s Disease. I've had this digestive disorder for over 10 years. I got good grades, had great friends and was recognized as a young basketball and golfing prospect in Maine.  This is the story of how it reduced my life to dust... Life is not and will never be about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep…moving…forward.” –Rocky Balboa

Read more of Michael's story and support him by clicking here!


Introducing our 2015 Pedatric Nominee 

 Sam Parsons

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Sam is a 12 year old boy whose entire life was turned upside-down less than a month before his 12th birthday. In November of 2013, Sam began experiencing stomach upset and abdominal discomfort.  This would continue off and on, mildly, for two months. On January 20, 2014, Sam went sledding with friends and to the movies in the afternoon. That evening he took two bites of his dinner and immediately doubled over in pain. He was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and admitted to Maine Medical Center. There he was put on gut rest, IV fluids and given medication for pain.  He was so agreeable and easy going despite his discomfort his nurses dubbed him the “stoic” one.  He began to feel better, but within a week the pain returned and he started having other symptoms.  Further testing revealed Sam was suffering from severe Inflammatory Bowel Disease as well.

What Sam misses most is being with his friends daily and doing what most almost-13 year olds are doing. He wants to goof off in the lunchroom and shoot hoops at recess.  Sam misses drama, chorus, swim team, basketball, school functions and outings with friends.  His life has come to a grinding halt with this terrible disease.  What does he want to be when he grows up?  
Read more of Sam's story and support him by clicking here!

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   2015 Volunteer Coordinator

Team Captain:  Saco & Biddeford Savings and Team Sam

*Sam enjoying her neice Eva!

My name is Samantha Jean, I am 24 years old. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when I was 16 and battled with it until the time I was 20. I had a full colectomy at age 17 and ended up with an ostomy bag my senior year of high school. In 2010 I was able to get my J-pouch surgery and six months after was able to get reconnected. It was an extremely hard and long 4 years but with the help and support of my family, friends and the Crohns and Colitis foundation, I am living a healthy life with hopes of becoming a nurse in the next few years. I was honored by the CCFA in 2011 and have been participating in the walk ever since. I am excited and honored to be apart of the Maine chapter of the CCFA board this year and hopefully many years to come!  If you are interested in volunteering at the 2015 Take Steps Walk, please email samantharjean@hotmail.com

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CCFA New England
72 River Park St
Suite 202
Needham, MA 02494

Attention:  Jessica Gale, Maine Take Steps

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