Madison

Join the Madison Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis on 6/10/17!

Add to calendar 6/10/17 6/10/17 America/New_York Madison Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Location Crohn's & Colitis ldelponte@ccfa.org

Location
McKee Farms Park
Fitchburg
WI
Schedule
1:00 Check-in and Festival Start

3:00 Walk Start 
Walk coordinator
Leslie Del Ponte
(414) 475-5520
ldelponte@ccfa.org

Madison Take Steps

Connect with patients, families, healthcare providers, and organizations while fundraising for cures.

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Team Genee'

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Cameron's Colitis Crushers

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    Many patients feel they are alone in their struggle with IBD, not knowing how to explain IBD to others. Take Steps EMPOWERS patients and families while offering a safe and welcoming environment to CONNECT and INSPIRE one another. Walk day is filled with music, food, kid’s activities, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of IBD.

    Have you seen the incentives for our 2017 walk? Find them HERE

    Are you looking for tools for hitting your goal? 

    Friends and family teams

    Corporate team tools

    Healthcare Provider tools

    We are so excited you will be joining us at this year’s Take Steps walk. If you have an immediate question or concern please don't hesitate to reach out to the walk manager- Leslie Del Ponte at 414-475-5520 or ldelponte@ccfa.org 

  • Sponsors
  • Local Sponsorship

    Local sponsorship opportunities enable companies to gain exposure throughout the community while supporting this important cause. Providing a cash or in-kind donation helps keep event costs down and results in more funds directed to research, patient education and services. There are several ways your company can support Take Steps.

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  • Local Hero
  • 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.

    2017 Madison Honored Hero- Delaney Jones

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    My name is Delaney Jones and I am 19 years old. I have struggled with stomach problems as long as I can remember. As a toddler, I was already dealing with anxiety, and my mom took me to the doctor, who then diagnosed me with a "pre-ulcerous condition". I lived life like any normal kid in grade school, but my story really begins during the summer going into high school.

    In July of 2012 I went on my first trip to Estes Park, Colorado. During the trip, I developed large white dots in the back of my throat. These white dots, which later we found out to be ulcers, caused me so much pain that I could not eat or drink anything. I was hospitalized there later in the week. The doctors there told me it was hand-foot-mouth disease. Fast forward to the end of the trip, the ulcers disappeared and everything seemed to go back to normal. I started school as a freshman and was ready to take on high school. That is where the stomach problems began. Still dealing with anxiety, I soon started to get these awful stomach pains. So awful it was paralyzing. The pain would come in waves and leave me in tears while I curled up and waited for the pain to settle. We started seeing doctors. It was a very slow process trying to figure out what was going on with me. It started out as "heart burn" and I was prescribed several different medications to try. None of them succeeded. Going into my sophomore year, I was finally sent to a GI specialist. It was then when I was officially diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to hear the results from the colonoscopy. When they started to explain to me what they had found, I remember feeling completely numb and hot tears rolled down my face. The words "you will have this for the rest of your life" still scare me. They said it was possible to live a normal life with the right medication, but it would take some time to figure out what would work best with me. Throughout high school, the doctors tried every medicine in the book, but nothing seemed to be working. I dealt with a lot of illness because my immune system was so low as a side effect from the medicine. I also struggled with fatigue and the constant bathroom runs.

    Senior year of high school came around and things seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. I was hospitalized three times during that school year – all for at least a week. The pain would become unbearable and lead to anxiety attacks. The combination of both would send me into a spiral of screaming and crying. Hospitalization was the only thing that could help me. Sometimes these episodes would get so bad that my friends and family had to call an ambulance for me. It was April of my senior year when the doctors finally decided that surgery might be the next best option. I was admitted into the hospital a week before my surgery date because of the immense pain I was having. They filled me up with pain medicine and prepared me for surgery. I had a few centimeters of my bowel resected. When I came out of surgery, I struggled more than I ever have in my life. The epidural they gave me was not in the correct spot, resulting in the nurses having to give me even more pain medicine. A few days went by and I was not getting any healthier. I went back into surgery, and they found that my bowels had kinked up because of all the pain medicine I had been on. They fixed the problem and out I went. I still struggled after the second surgery. I was in the hospital for almost a month. It was during this time when I was also diagnosed with depression and put on medication for my anxiety and depression. It was a very low point in my life. After the surgery, I was then hospitalized 2 more times months later. It was still not under control.

    Fast forward to me now. I finished my first year of college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. My first semester was very rough with my health. I struggled and barely got by finishing my finals before I was hospitalized yet again during my Christmas break. Today, I am still not in remission. After getting another new doctor last December, I was told that I will most likely never be pain-free. Dealing with this after so many years, that news didn't really faze me.

    I hope that one day I will achieve remission and get to live life to its full potential. Years and years of chronic pain, illness, and fatigue have led me to the person I am today. Although I still struggle with this on a daily basis, I remind myself that I am and always will be stronger than it. I am so thankful for my family and friends who have given me such love and support through my journey. I know it takes a toll on all of them just as much as me. I am so thankful that my Dad found CCFA and this walk. I love to tell my story and I want nothing more than to continue raising awareness for Crohn's disease. With that being said, I hope that in my lifetime I will live to see a cure for it. I will walk and continue to walk for myself and all others out there who are struggling.

  • Volunteer
  • Volunteer

    Thousands of volunteers have helped the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) work toward our mission to find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to provide a high level of support, education, research, and resources to our IBD community.

    We have several volunteer opportunities available. If you are interested, please call the Walk Manager at 414-475-5520 or email ldelponte@ccfa.org.

  • Top Fundraisers
  • MVPs

    Thank you to our top fundraisers and our top fundraising team. Are you a member of the Top Fundraising Club?

    Become a Take Steps Hope Giver by raising at least $ 3,500 or become a Cures Believer by being a top fundraising team in your local market. These top individuals and fundraising teams make a significant impact on the lives of patients by being at the forefront of fundraising. Our Hope Givers and Cures Believers receive special recognition on event day and will also receive:

    • Personalized fundraising support to help you achieve your goal
    • Recognition in local Take Steps newsletters, social media, and website
    • Invitation and recognition at post-walk Take Steps activities

     

    Congratulations to our top teams in 2016

    Gavin's Gutsy Group- team Captain Gavin Wiegel

    Cruizin' for a Cure- team captain Justin Frederick

    Super Poopers- team captain Kellie Covert

    Lauren's Crohnies- team captain Lauren Nowak

    Team Delaney- team captain Delaney Jones

    Team Genee'- team captain Genee Severson

    Cameron's Colitis Crushers- team captain Cameron Mueller

    Pickhard Poo Phighters- team captain Jenny Pickhard

    Team SemiColons- team captain Elizabeth Schaefer

  • Fundraising Clubs
  • Fundraising Clubs

    Top teams and individuals can go above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action, and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach. These teams and individuals become members of our Top Fundraising Club.

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    More Walk Details

    Many patients feel they are alone in their struggle with IBD, not knowing how to explain IBD to others. Take Steps EMPOWERS patients and families while offering a safe and welcoming environment to CONNECT and INSPIRE one another. Walk day is filled with music, food, kid’s activities, local entertainment and most importantly, the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impact of IBD.

    Have you seen the incentives for our 2017 walk? Find them HERE

    Are you looking for tools for hitting your goal? 

    Friends and family teams

    Corporate team tools

    Healthcare Provider tools

    We are so excited you will be joining us at this year’s Take Steps walk. If you have an immediate question or concern please don't hesitate to reach out to the walk manager- Leslie Del Ponte at 414-475-5520 or ldelponte@ccfa.org 

    Thank you to our National Platinum Sponsor: