Maine Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Event Details

Location: RIVERSIDE ATHLETIC CENTER, 1173 Riverside Street, in Portland

Date: 5/17/2014
Check-in and Festival Start: 4:00 PM
Walk Start: 5:00 PM


Walk Coordinator:
Kathy Russell

Phone: 508-864-7173

Platinum Sponsor:

Goal = $46,000.00

Achieved = $33,417.44

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Maine Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis


As your new TAKE STEPS WALK MANAGER, I would personally like to thank all of you for your dedication to our fight against Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease.  I am new to CCFA, but definitely not new to the disease...  I am training over the next several weeks to learn to assist you in all of your needs, as you fundraise and advocate for your friends and families.   

For questions--please reach out to me via phone or text at: 207-649-9573, or via email at

Jessica Gale

Walk Manager

Take Step Maine                                                                                                      


Portland, Take Steps to Find Cures

Register to Walk!

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.

Take Steps for Crohn’s & colitis is a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising awareness and mission-critical funds for cures for digestive diseases.  In the past five years alone, we succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $40 million to help further CCFA’s mission. 

80 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.



Maine Honored Hero - 2014


My name is Jessica Cornwell; my amazing son was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 3 years ago.  At the time we were completely unaware what was happening to him and we spent a week in the hospital trying to figure it out.  Due to the effects of the disease, my son lost over 20lbs, he suffered through a tremendous amount of pain, yet he kept his spirits positive. After being discharged we were sent to have colonoscopy and endoscopy, which for a 12 year old is pretty horrifying.  With the correct diagnosis, he was able to get on a medication regimen and begin treatment to help him reach remission.  It has been an occasionally bumpy road, but he has done really well.  Unfortunately we did spend Christmas this year in Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  He was admitted on Christmas Eve and stayed through Christmas to help him get through a difficult flare.  We at least knew what was happening and I think that is what is so difficult about this disease.  People just don’t seem to know about it.  Last year The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation put on a walk in Portland.  Unlike many other walks and events, the media was not there?  I want to change that.  I would like to spread the word with the help of Kathy Russell from The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  There is an upcoming walk in Portland on May 17th at 5:00 pm.  You can go to the CCFA Take Steps Portland Maine website and register for the walk.  You can make a donation and help up raise money to find a cure for this disease.  I do this walk for my son, Grant Schertzer, we are Team Grant.  My goal is to tell as many people I can to get involved and Take Steps, help us find a cure for my son and for everyone suffering from this disease.

For the last three years he has gone to Camp Oasis and has a wonderful time. He loves that he can truly connect with peers who understand what he is really going through. Camp Oasis is Amazing!  This year he hopes to be a Leader in Training when he goes.