Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation 2019
Hi, This is Monica Lowe. I'd like to invite you to an incredible day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. It is a day that combines high energy and fun with access to valuable information and education. More than 40,000 peopled walked for cures last year, raising more than $10 million for mission-critical research and patient support programs.
For more information on how to get involved with Take Steps please visit www.cctakesteps.org
Coming up to the North Steps of The state Capitol May 18th, Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation 2019
Folsom, California (February 6 , 2019) – Twenty-year-old Emilio De La Riva from Folsom is living with Crohn’s disease which combined with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating digestive diseases that affect more than 3 million American adults and children, including an estimated 80,000 patients under the age of 18.
De La Riva’s battle with Crohn’s disease began when he was only 14 years old. At the time, he was like any other active young teenager - he enjoyed playing football with his team, and was also a competitive wrestler who traveled all across the state of California.
Initially, the disease presented just a little blood with each bowel movement which he felt was pretty manageable. However, after a few months, he realized just how brutal the disease can be when he experienced the worst of several flair-ups. He began to experience intense cramping and pain, and was using the restroom at least 8 times a day with large amounts of blood accompanying every bowel movement. He also suffered from other complications and side effects of Crohn’s disease such as bacterial infections and severe weight loss.
Finally, after living with symptoms for three years, and trying various types of specialized medication, the doctors finally found a treatment that would work well with his body. He receives that medication by infusion every 6 weeks to help keep his disease at bay, and he has been in remission for almost four years.It’s through fundraising events such as Take Steps that further the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission to improve quality of life for patients like De La Riva. Both the Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) actively support research in the field, and there are approximately 80 new therapies in the pipeline.
“The Take Steps walk opened my eyes to one of the most supportive communities that I have the honor of being a part of,” says De La Riva. “I have faith that all of the funds raised by patients and their friends and families will bring about a cure for this malicious disease.”
About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects almost 1 in 100 Americans. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however, the incidence is increasing in children.
About Take Steps
Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s national walk program.These walks raise funds for mission critical research and patient support programs, and help increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful and unpredictable digestive diseases.Our walks are family-friendly and are held in more than 110 communities across the country with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support the Foundation’s critical research, education, and patient support programs. Walk with us today: get started at www.cctakesteps.org.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation