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Long Island, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

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for taking steps for a future free from Crohn’s and Colitis  

The Long Island Take Steps Walk has become a tradition for so many families. Your determination and partnership is the driving force behind this success, and we thank you for your support.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who participated in the Walk, whether you donated, volunteered, fundraised, or all of the above, we truly appreciate your support!

Our walk was attended by more than 1,500 walkers and we are on our way to reaching our fundraising goal of $300,000, but still need YOUR help, as you can keep fundraising through the calendar year!

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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.


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The Most Valuable Participant Program was created to recognize top teams and individuals going above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action, and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach. Empower, Inspire, and connect- be a Take Steps MVP Today!
  • Awareness Builder- Individuals who raise $100 or more 
  • Inspiration Creator- Individuals who raise $500 or more 
  • Hope Giver- Individuals who raise $1,000 or more 
  • Cures Believer Team- Teams that raise $10,000 or more


  • Faruq Abdullah
  • Ronald Berkowitz
  • James Brophy
  • Danielle Bursky
  • Dani Edelstein
  • Athena Efthymiou
  • Sydney Fells
  • Dorothea and Raymond Froese
  • Jill Fuchs
  • Harrison Gillman
  • Alexa, Jason & Chloe Gura
  • Laurie Jacobson
  • Shari Kleinman
  • Kaitlyn Lavella
  • Jeff Levinsohn
  • Nikki Liberto
  • James Markowitz
  • Courtney McLaughlin
  • Rebecca Monachelli
  • Jesse Patriss
  • Melinda Pesso
  • Madeline Propis
  • Mark Puccio
  • Laurence Ross
  • Robert Schmidt
  • Raluca Vrabie
  • Leo Wild


  • Puccio Electric - led by Mark Puccio & family

Who will be our top fundraising teams of 2016?! Keep up the amazing work, there is still time to get in the leaderboads!

Meet Our Community Leader! James Markowitz, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Dr. MarkowitzCCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce our 2016 Presenting Sponsor and Community Leader - James Markowitz, MD, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

Dr. Markowitz and the entire Pediatric IBD Center of the Division of Gastroenterology /Nutrition are aiming high!  They have committed to CCFA and the Long Island Take Steps Walk and are not only our “Presenting Sponsor” they also have a walk team with a $10,000 fundraising goal!

We invite you to join us as we strive  to raise a record high of $300,000 to help people suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract that cause severe pain, prolonged hospitalization, and potentially life threatening complications and surgeries.

Today is the day to sign up on our team at or to create your own team please by clicking on "Form a New Team" above.

James Markowitz, MD, serves as the Director of the Pediatric IBD Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.  He also holds the title of Full Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.   In his role as Director of the Pediatric IBD Center, Dr. Markowitz oversees the care of over six hundred actively followed children and teenagers in the Division.  This involves coordinating the care provided by ten pediatric gastroenterologists, a nurse practitioner, and a physician assistant as well as coordinating the pediatric pathology conference with respect to IBD and weekly IBD Center clinical conference meetings.

Continue reading about Dr. Markowitz - CLICK HERE.

Meet Our Medical Honoree! Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D

Stephen Dolgin MDCCFA and the Long Island Chapter are pleased to introduce Stephen E. Dolgin, M.D. as your  Medical Honoree.  Dr. Dolgin is a pediatric surgeon with a career long commitment to helping care for young patients with IBD.  For 21  years  he was  Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.  For the past 10 he has been at Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY and is Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.  He has written and lectured widely and cared for hundreds of patients with IBD.  With his colleagues at Cohen Children's Medical Center he is dedicated to the best possible care for patients and their families.  Their goal is to operate when needed with the least possible morbidity and to allow each patient to live as healthy and normal a life as possible.

By partnering with CCFA and being a part of Take Steps Dr. Dolgin along with his colleague Dr.  James Markowitz and  the entire IBD Center of Cohen Children's Medical Center team are making a commitment to the Long Island IBD community (an estimated 40,000 of the children and adults live here on Long Island) that nothing is more important than finding better, more effective treatments, and ultimately, cures.  We invite you to join Dr. Dolgin on June 12th by joining his walk team

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Matching-gifts are an easy way to significantly increase the impact of your contributions. Many companies around the country donate funds to match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. A dollar-for-dollar match is common, and some companies will even contribute up to two or three dollars for each dollar an employee gives.  Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses!

So what are you waiting for? Ask your company today if it offers a matching-gift program, and request a matching-gift form. Send us the completed and signed form via mail, email or fax and we will do the rest.


Please mail all Take Steps offline donations to:

CCFA Long Island Chapter - Take Steps
Attention: Suzanne Beck
585 Stewart Avenue, Ste 304
Garden City, NY 11530


*Checks should be made payable to CCFA


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