Phoenix, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

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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.


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CCFA wanted to extend a tremendous thank you to everyone who came out and participated, volunteered and sponsored our Take Steps Phoenix Walk this year. Our final total was $100,000 – Congratulations to everyone who fundraised and worked hard to help us reach this mark! Please keep in mind that you are still able to fundraise after the walk! So, if you were unable to reach your fundraising goal, please do not give up yet!

Please keep in mind we are open to feedback on the overall Take Steps Phoenix Walk experience. We want to assure that we are improving every year in making your overall walk experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Please feel free to respond to this email with any feedback you may have regarding walk day. Additionally, if you have interest in 2017 walk committee involvement, please email Megan and or contact 602-734-1392.

Congratulations to our top teams!

1.    The Giving Tree- Lilach Power and Gina Berman

2.    Coop’s Crew- Shannon Groppenbacher

3.    American Reliable Insurance- Sandy Best

4.    Heather’s Team – Heather Christiansen

5.    Team Slaughter- Ryan Slaughter

Top Individuals:

1.    Joe Nemmers

2.    Wilson Snyder

3.    Kim Klickovich

4.    Deborah Jalagh

5.    Scott Wagy

REMINDER- Anyone who was unable to receive an incentive item at the walk will be receiving them soon via mail.

Thank you to all of our 2016 Sponsors!!!







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Our 2016 Honored Hero: Cooper Groppenbacher


Almost a year and a half later, many of you are familiar with Coop’s story…the challenges with his not wanting to leave the house for fear of what might happen if he left; his constant aches and pains; weight loss, cognitive affects his disease had on his ability to focus in school and what dealing with all that did to his self-confidence. We are thrilled to share with each and every one of you that today we stand in a much healthier place! In February, we made changes to his medication regimen and have continued the diet restrictions we began at initial diagnosis. Today, Coop feels much better, has gained some weight and has the desire to go play at the park like every other kid! This past fall he was asked by Ocotillo Living Magazine to tell his story and from that, he has had the opportunity to mentor other kids who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.