The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps Walk presented by Minnesota Gastroenterology will be held on June 5, 2016 from 4pm-7pm at Harriet Island in St. Paul. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, are painful, debilitating digestive diseases impacting over 1.6 million American adults and children including many as 80,000 people under the age of 18.
Will Stuedemann is a 7-year-old 1st grader who loves playing basketball, soccer, video games; Lego’s and enjoys being the family comedian. Like many 1st graders, Will has a lot on his plate with school, friends and extracurricular activities. Unlike many 1st graders, one obstacle facing Will was diagnosed with Crohn’s one month before his 6th birthday. Although Will has had to grow up too fast because of his disease, for the last two summers he has been able to visit Camp Oasis on visitor’s day and hopes to attend camp this summer.
Camp Oasis is a week-long summer camp funded by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America for children and teens with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Camp is a life changing experience where kids with IBD diseases can just be kids and participate in typical camp activities, all while being in a supportive community which includes 24-hour on-site medical supervision. It’s also an opportunity for kids to meet other kids who go through the same daily struggles with their disease.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest non-profit organization to support those affected by Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. CCFA puts on several fundraising events throughout the year such as the Twin Cities Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk and celebration to raise funds for national research projects and local patient education and support including the Take Steps Walk event. Although there is no registration fee, walkers are asked to make a donation or have a team who actively recruits team members, create awareness and gathersee support.
What: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps Walk
When: June 5, 2016 4pm-7pm
Where: Harriet Island, St. Paul
Visit the website here for more information on the Twin Cities Take Steps walk.