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Take Steps Walk For Crohn’s and Colitis, Sept. 20

By Taylor Sloan

(Sept. 19, 2014) The Take Steps Walk For Crohn’s and Colitis will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Northside Park on 125th Street. The walk is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

The Take Steps Walk raises awareness and funds for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis research. It is a family-friendly festival that brings patients, health professionals and supporters together while raising mission-critical funds for research with activities for everyone including games, music, information and food.

“About 30 percent of the American population do not know what Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are,” Misty Keets, walk coordinator, said.

According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce mucous.

“We have a number of patients in the Maryland [and] Delaware area,” Keets said. “Our chapter on the Eastern Shore is steadily growing.”

The walk, previously held in Salisbury, raised a total of $34,000 last year. This year, the Maryland/Southern Delaware chapter is projecting to bring in $55,000 from the Ocean City event.

Registration is available at 4 p.m. on the day of the walk. Organizers are asking for a $15 minimum donation to participate in the walk. Children 12 years old and younger can walk for free.

For more information, contact Keets at 443-276-0861 ext. 2 or mkeens@ccfa.org.

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