The Walk - Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis
Every year, I participate in the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Walk. I have been participating in the walk since 2007. I walk with thousands of other people who suffer with Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases. We all walk for one reason. We all walk to help find a cure for these terrible diseases. This day is very special to me.
The first year that my family and I got involved with the walk, I was not able to attend. I was stuck in Temple Hospital that day, like I was the other 370 days that year. My family and friends from all over the tri-state region showed their support by first showing up at the hospital to visit me. We spent many hours laughing with our “Beat Crohn’s” tee-shirts on. Then they left for the Art Museum steps for the Crohn’s and Colitis Walk.
The next year, 2008 was the first year that I was able to help organize my team for the walk. All year I worked on ways to bring in money. The money would go directly for research. I felt like I was dong a great deed, because as much as I needed to feel better, I wanted to help others as well and spread awareness. I purchased tee shirts for all my walkers and raised a whopping 7,000 in donations.
Since 2008, I have been involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis- Take Steps Walk. All of my closest friends and family join me for this special day, and it feels so good to have so many love ones that have my support!
I decided to give back for all the support I receive. Every year, before we head downtown for the walk, I host a lunch. I have food catered in, and we all eat before walking our 5K. Over the years, my friends and I have gotten creative.
We changed our team name to: “Walk for the Runs” We also have gotten some great sponsors that have been able to cover the charge of our tee-shirts. We keep the same logo, but we change the color of our shirts. A few years ago, the venue of the walk changed. Now we walk at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s a great time for the family and friends, as we can walk the bases, take pictures on the field, and even go in the dugout.
I have met so many great people on this “walk” with Crohn’s. I look at the word “walk” as a metaphor. Crohn’s is a slow process to get used to. Walking is meant to be done at a slow pace.. The best thing about having Crohn’s Disease, is that I never feel like I am walking alone. Its foundations like the CCFA that really brings patients, doctors, and other support groups together.
Over the years I have raised closed to 25,000 for research for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. One day, we wont have just a treatment; there will be a cure. I hope that I am still “walking” when that day comes. It will be a day that will live in infamy.
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