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Join the Philadelphia Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis on 5/21/2017!

Add to calendar 5/21/2017 5/21/2017 America/New_York Philadelphia Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Location Crohn's & Colitis dhalsey@ccfa.org

Location
Citizen's Bank Park
Philadelphia
PA
Schedule
10:00 AM Check-in and Festival Start

11:00 AM Walk Start 
Walk coordinator
Dawn Halsey
(646)276-1732
dhalsey@ccfa.org

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    Your fundraising propels critical research toward cures and supports patient program for the 1.6 million Americans - that's 1 in 200 people - living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cures are within sight.

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    Your fundraising propels critical research toward cures and supports patient program for the 1.6 million Americans - that's 1 in 200 people - living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cures are within sight.

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  • Meet Our Local Heros

    Take Steps Honored Heroes represent the Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis warriors living in our community. They share their story of life with IBD to raise awareness and inspire others to join the fight against digestive diseases.

    Meet Carter!

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    In April of 2015, just before Carter turned 5 years old, we noticed he began to look and act differently.  He had no energy and lost interest in playing with friends because he was too tired.  His eyes were sunken in and dark and he was not gaining any weight.  By May, he was complaining daily about stomach aches.  Thankfully, his pediatrician, Dr. Brogan, was as concerned as we were and sent him for blood tests, which revealed what they thought was a severe iron deficiency. 

    By the summer of 2015, he was attempting to take oral iron supplements with no luck.  The oral iron caused vomiting and his hemoglobin levels were still extremely low.  After a few more visits to the pediatrician and an emergency visit to CHOP, we were referred to Dr. Julie Stern in CHOP’s hematology department.  By the fall, Carter had entered kindergarten and we still had no answers as to why our son was so sick. He was receiving weekly IV iron infusions, and loving the time he spent with Chelsea at CHOP King of Prussia, who helped distract him with crafts and games and talk about the 76ers.  Dr. Stern, had gone through various possibilities with us, which eventually lead us to CHOP’s GI Department. 

    Here we met Dr. Grossman and Dr. Conrad who performed an array of tests including an upper endoscopy, a colonoscopy, dexa-scans, video endoscopy and abdominal x-rays.  Finally, on January 8th, 2016, Dr. Conrad called with the news that Carter had Crohn’s Disease.  This diagnosis was very tough to hear as parents, but at least now we had an answer. 

    From there, he began a medication regimen of swallowing four, sometimes five, pills a day.  Swallowing pills at age five should seem like a nightmare, but not foar Carter.  He took every test, pill, long drive to CHOP, weekly iron infusion, and diet change in stride.  He has learned which foods help him heal and which are going to cause him to flare. 

    We know that we would not be here today without the support of our family and friends, and especially Carter’s big brother Jackson.  We are thankful for the amazing group of doctors that have been kind, gentle and loving along the way.  Carter has shown us all what true strength and resilience is.  He has kept a positive attitude through some pretty tough times. I recently asked Carter what he would tell another little boy or girl what it is like to have Crohn’s and his response was, “It’s hard.  You have to do a lot of stuff that you don’t want to, but you just do it, because it makes you feel so much better.”

    Last year, with the help of our family and friends, we were able to raise $600. This year we are hoping to get an even larger turnout to support Carter as he is given the honor of being one of this year’s Honored Heros! To help raise awareness and money for this disease, we decided to created wristbands. Carter had 3 words printed on these bands. Those three words are very important to Carter and our family.  Courage, Laughter and Hope.

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    Your fundraising propels critical research toward cures and supports patient program for the 1.6 million Americans - that's 1 in 200 people - living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cures are within sight.

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    Your fundraising propels critical research toward cures and supports patient program for the 1.6 million Americans - that's 1 in 200 people - living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cures are within sight.

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    Your fundraising propels critical research toward cures and supports patient program for the 1.6 million Americans - that's 1 in 200 people - living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cures are within sight.

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