Albuquerque, Take Steps to Find a Cure!
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 Erica Smythe
My name is Erica. After a year's worth of bleeding, pain and discomfort I finally decided to go see a colorectal doctor. I had aninfection in my colon which resulted in surgery. A couple months later I had to have another surgery to help with the treatment of the infection. During the next several months I endured several procedures: MRI’s, CT Scans, tons of lab work and in May 2012 I had the dreaded colonoscopy. The colonoscopy confirmed that I had severe Crohn's disease. I was 24.
I initially tried treating this with a homeopathic route. I went on several different diets and was taking natural remedies to help with the disease. After months of no improvement I moved on to beginning treatment with daily pill medication. In November of the same year I had a big flare up, I was placed on a high dose of Prednizone for a few months along with several new medications to help the symptoms.
January of 2013, I began taking Humira. I was on Humira for about a year, until ongoing symptoms resulted in another colonoscopy in June. The colonoscopy indicated that the Humira had stopped working and that the Crohn's was active again.
I began in Remicade January of 2014. The treatment was still not helping all the symptoms, so I had another colonoscopy in October 2014. I also began taking Azathioprine along with the Remicade to help with the symptoms. I was given several specialty tests to examine the levels of the drugs to make sure my body was responding. I had another MRI of the lower abdomen and CT/Us of the uterus to try and eliminate any other possibilities for the pain. The symptoms began again, and more severely than the last. I had another colonoscopy in February of 2015, the exam showed the disease had progressed again and that another treatment option needed to be taken.
I began taking a new drug Entyvio in March of this year; I have had 3 treatments so far. I am also taking daily medications to help fight the disease. Unfortunately, since I have been diagnosed I have yet to be in remission.
Although I have yet to be in remission, this disease has not stopped me! I am the Patient Access Supervisor for I/P Admitting / Financial Advocate for Presbyterian Healthcare Services. I recently purchased my first home, and just received my Masters in Business Management. I enjoy playing sand volleyball, MUDD volleyball and softball.
I am grateful for the support I have from my family and friends. I am happy that my family found this event and to see there are many people dealing with the same type of issues. I am excited to participate in my second Take Steps Walk and to help fundraise for a cure!!!