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Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk Returns to Mountain’s Edge

April 20th, 2016

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Help raise funds to cure “silent diseases” on May 14

Help local children and adults with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) while enjoying a morning with friends and family at the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk on Saturday, May 14. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other diseases causing inflammation of the intestines are prevalent, with 1 in 200 Americans suffering from them.

Take Steps festivities include live music, food tent, kids entertainment, raffle with great prizes, vendor booths, wellness area, educational materials and more. The Kids Zone will have a bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, and games. Onsite registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 9:30 a.m. at Exploration Park, located at 9700 South Buffalo Drive in the Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community.

The community walk is the major fundraiser for the nonprofit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) – Las Vegas Chapter. CCFA is currently funding 220 research projects to learn more about the diseases and how they can be treated and cured. Often they are referred to as “silent diseases” because many who suffer from them are embarrassed to talk about their condition.

This year’s Take Steps Honored Hero is 10-year-old Ben Etter, who continues to inspire others with IBD.  He was 6 when he began to have stomach aches and other symptoms, and after a number of doctor visits was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a year later. This will be the third year Ben and his family will participate in the walk, naming their team “Ben’s Creepers” because of his love of the Minecraft game.

While no registration fee is required, a $25 per person donation is encouraged. Registered team members and attendees who donate will receive a wrist band for free food and other refreshments.

Take Steps is sponsored by Abbvie, Dignity Health – St. Rose Hospital, Ed Bernstein & Associates, Mountains Edge Master Planned Community, Shire and United Healthcare.

To register prior to the event, organize a team or get involved, please visit http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/TakeSteps/Chapter-Southwest?pg=entry&fr_id=6026.