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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, wonderful exposure 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 patient support services in communities across the nation.
Register today. Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases.
Our Local Hero is our inspiration and the reason why we Take Steps. Please check out their story here:
Meet Genevieve Humphreys
Before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s, my family and I thought I was just extremely short and skinny- I had plummeted off the growth chart. For months after, I experienced symptoms. Becoming concerned, my mom took me to my doctor and asked what was going on with her under-developed daughter. (I was looking pretty sick and my parents suspected some kind of nutritional deficiency.) After a series of blood tests and visiting a specialist for an endoscopy and colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
When I was diagnosed in April of 2012, I was terrified. Not being aware or exposed to any information about Crohn’s made my situation that much scarier. After the initial shock of the news, my parents and sister started researching and reading the treatments, symptoms, and experiences of others. Knowing that the disease was treatable [though not curable- yet!] made me feel better and got me excited to see what was out there to help me get active and growing again! The next year was devoted to various medications, G.I. specific diets, and researching various programs. I had been told that the good news was that I had been diagnosed before I had experienced any severe internal damage, but the bad news was that I seemed to have a very aggressive form of Crohn’s. The first stage of treatment was to get the inflammation under control with months of corticosteroids. This was a part of my treatment that I'd like to forget, but it was a necessary part. The next stage involved my doctor trying to gradually introduce an effective dosage of immunosuppressants while appealing to the insurance company to approve the use of an infusion, which had more promise to address my condition. My doctor, through this first year or so of uncertainty, was our greatest source of hope. He put us in touch with other families who had been involved with CCFA, and this was the beginning of one great experience after another. It all started with a trip to camp!
Once I heard about the one-week specialty camps for children with IBD, I was so excited! Attending Camp Oasis was such a fantastic experience. I was able to meet kids with the same condition, have access to the necessary resources, and participate in fun activities that I would not have been able or confident in previously. With the help and support of my camp buddies, I was able to get the motivation, inspiration, and insight I needed. Hearing their stories and getting their opinions on various treatments and medications really helped me make an informed decision about how I would go about recovery.
As a happy sophomore in remission, I am proud to say that I will help kids struggling with the same symptoms I did as a Camp Oasis Junior Counselor this year!
Thank you so much, CCFA!