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Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis will kick off on Saturday, May 31

May 28th, 2014

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–Event includes kids activities and live entertainment —

There’s still time to sign up to help raise money to find a cure for digestive diseases by participating in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk at Exploration Park in the Mountain’s Edge master planned community on Saturday, May 31 from 8 a.m. to noon. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect 1 in 200 Americans, with children under 18 the fastest-growing patient segment and many sufferers experiencing painful and uncomfortable symptoms.

The Take Steps community walk also features a variety of fun activities for all ages, including breakfast, prizes, live entertainment and a raffle. For children, there will be balloon animals, face painting, cotton candy and more, presented by Virtuoso Kids. ACE DJs will provide the entertainment and serve as event emcee. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome too.

The event is free to attend. 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. Water will be available to participants, and is provided by Pepsi. To join a team, or register, visit www.cctakesteps.org/lasvegas or www.facebook.com/takestepslasvegas.

“Joining a team and walking are just a couple of ways to support those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,” said Kimberly Gradisher, community development manager, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Las Vegas Chapter. “People also can donate to a team or the foundation, be a cheerleader for the participants or just join in the festivities. People’s support – big or small – really can make a difference.”

The walk will take place around Exploration Park, which offers a water play area, outdoor amphitheater and Western Theme Village park-with-in-a-park. The 80-acre park’s signature feature is the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak, a fully restored natural mountain park where people can walk, jog and bike to the top on different trails to see panoramic views of the entire Las Vegas Valley.

In addition to the event activities, all park amenities will be available to attendees, including the replicas of a western town, Indian Village, play structures and archaeological dig site. The park is located at 9600 South Buffalo Drive, just south of Blue Diamond Road.

This year’s Take Step sponsors are the nonprofit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Mountain’s Edge, Dignity Health, Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, UBS, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Abbvie, and Actavis. Each will have a booth at the event. The CCFA will have educational materials to help inform participants of how they can help and support friends and family with the diseases, for which there is currently no cure.

Festival attendees also can tour the fast-selling master plan, and its many neighborhoods, developed by the industry’s top homebuilders.  For example, Richmond American Home’s Sutter Hills is selling the largest new homes in Mountain’s Edge. They’re up to 3,800 square feet and priced from the mid $300s.  Quick move-in homes are available and come with maple cabinets, granite kitchen countertops, ceramic tile flooring and other amenities.

Located in southwest Las Vegas, the 3,500-acre Mountain’s Edge celebrates the rich history and natural beauty of the area. Developed by Focus Property Group, it has consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 – now at No. 4 – best-selling master planned communities, according to leading independent real estate advisory firms.

Mountain’s Edge is recognized for close proximity to the Red Rock National Conservation Area, major employment and Las Vegas Strip entertainment offerings; a wealth of floor plans and single and multi-family subdivisions from top builders; parks, trails and open spaces; and public facilities and schools. A series of paseos wind through the community, connecting residents and their neighborhoods to recreation areas. These include the new 20-acre Nathaniel Jones Park and the 80-acre Exploration Park with a Western Theme Village, water play area, picnic areas, amphitheater, playgrounds and the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak. Additionally construction has started on the first phase of the new neighboring Mountain’s Edge Regional Park.

To learn about Mountain’s Edge, visit the information center located at 9725 S. Buffalo Drive (corner of Buffalo Dr. and Blue Diamond Rd.), call 702-898-5777 or visit www.mountainsedge.com.