Portland, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

Register to Walk!Welcome to the 2016 Maine Take Steps Event! Walk around the back cove with us on May 21st at Payson Park!


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.

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.



Thank you to our sponsors!

National Sponsor:


Gold  Sponsor:

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Bronze Sponsor:

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Sunday, March 13th• Portland Expo • 12:00 PM

Please join us to kick off the 2016 Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis. Connect with fellow participants, IBD patients and their loved ones, and your Take Steps support team. Ask questions and get answers. Learn more about mission updates impacted by our efforts. Have fun – enjoy refreshments and watch the Maine Red Claws take on the Grand Rapids Drive!Meet Our 2016 Honored Heroes • Meet Other Team Captains • Fundraising Clinic for Ideas Walk Day Details • Mission information • Raffle Prizes • Appetizers & Light Refreshments

Click here to RSVP:   MaineKickOffParty2016


Contact Jessica Gale, Walk Manager, at 207-649-9573 or jgale@ccfa.org



23 / 32 Veteran Teams have re-activated for 2016!

welcome back

Portland Gastro   Sue                         Shaw

Best Buds Deanna Miles & Kendra Hovencamp
CC Avengers Kathy Russell
Cheshire's Crohnies Meredith Byard
Colitis Kickers! Samuel Parsons
Crohn Wars: Attack of the Cures Sabrina Cornelli
Hiking for Hannah Pamela Davis
Life Takes Guts Crystal Gilks
MLM Samantha Hodgkins
Saco & Biddeford Savings & Team Sam Samantha Jean
Semi-Colons Cheryl Blank
Sh*ts & Giggles :) Michael Flaherty
Step Ahead of Crohns Cynthia Davis
Stool Runnings Sam McAdam
Team Chippy Jessica Gale
Team Claire Bear Claire Starks
Team Lily Irene Rebecca Day
The Double Flushers Julia Crotty
The Good Sh*t Megan Harding
The Ileum and the Odyssey Jessica Lockman
Webster-Day Walking Tall Jeanna Day
Whitey007 Julie White



Go! Team Go!

Team Chippy!

Stool Runnings!

Double Flushers!

Make your self donation today!

                                        Meet our 2016 Honoree 

                                               Sam McAdam

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My introduction to inflammatory bowel disease came in spring of 2006, at the age of seventeen, when I was diagnosed with severe Ulcerative Colitis. My treatment began with a regiment including steroids, immunosuppressant medications and Remicaid infusion therapy during senior year. In 2007, I left Maine to study and play lacrosse at Clark University in Worcester, MA. The complications got worse and by February 2009, I was forced to cut my second semester short and leave school to undergo surgery to have my entire colon removed.  After five years and relatively no major issues, I was admitted to the hospital in November of 2014, with a perforated bowel that occurred when a loop of intestine that had adhered to the area repaired in 2009 separated. Complications left me with an ileostomy and a drain protruding from my lower abdomen. When contacting the hospital, I was told that my previous doctor had retired and a new doctor would take over. Several unsuccessful procedures later, the doctor attempted to reverse the ileostomy and in the process created two new fistulas and an infection. While in the hospital I discovered I had been mislead and that the doctor I was looking for had moved to a new hospital. I immediately sought him out and upon arrival I was admitted, an exploratory operation was scheduled and afterward the doctor informed me that the ileostomy was reversed before the perforation closed and the fistulas were directly connected to my pelvic cavity, which was infected. Two weeks later I was released from the hospital and the doctor advised me that I would have the ileostomy indefinitely while my body recovered from the six surgeries. It was at this time that I discovered the Maine chapter of the CCFA and the incredible groups of people who make up its community. My sister and I decided to put together a team for the CCFA Take Steps walk and while we were humbled by the fundraising success, it was the opportunity to meet the other teams and members of the community that left the largest impact. This community was comprised of members both young and old that were directly or indirectly affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The courage and strength of those affected was matched only by the love and support of their friends and family. 

Read Sam's full story here...


Meet Pediatric Honoree 

Claire Starks

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6 Steps to put the fun in FUNdraising:

Register to Walk!

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: Add your personal touch and share your story.
Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts and update your personal fudraising page.

Step 3: It's more fun with friends!
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.  Set a High Aim goal.  Ask 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 identifier, share information on social media, and create a team fundraiser that gets your community involved! Need ideas? Ask your walk team.

Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success!
Attend the walk. Take a team photo. Plan a post walk celebration!

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The Most Valuable Participant Program was created to recognize top teams amd individuals going above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action, and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach.
Empower, Inspire, and connect- be a Take Steps MVP Today!

Awareness Builder- Individauals who raise $100 or more 

Inspiration Creator- Individuals who raise $500 or more 

Hope Giver- Individuals wh raise $1,000 or more 

Cures Believer Team- Teams that raise $10,000 or more 

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


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

Attention:  Jessica Gale, Maine Take Steps

Visit the New England Chapter Website:  CLICK HERE

Find a support groupClick Here

Reach out to the IBD Help CenterClick Here