Carolinas CCFA Hosts Wilmington Takes Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Research
09/15/2011

Local Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Seeks to Raise More Than $22,000

Online PR News – 15-September-2011 – – Wilmington, NC: Every year, more Americans are diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, two common, debilitating, and potentially fatal digestive diseases. Though continuous medical research has resulted in advancements in treatment that provide sufferers a limited amount of relief, it is imperative that research increase drastically if cures are to be developed. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America relies heavily on the fundraising efforts of local chapters to augment research of the diseases, and the Carolinas Chapter has been a leading contributor in 2011.

On October 1, 2011 at 3 p.m., Carolinas CCFA will host their 2011 Wilmington Takes Steps Walk in Wilmington, North Carolina’s Greenfield Park. The Take Steps Walk, which occurs in over 120 communities nationwide, invites sponsors, individuals, and teams to register to walk or contribute to the fundraising efforts in the fight against digestive diseases. The Carolinas Chapter hopes to raise over $22,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research from this year’s walk.

The walk will honor CCFA local heroes, like Dominic Jacaruso, an 8-year-old Wilmington native suffering from inflammatory bowel disease who wants to help prevent other children from becoming diagnosed by raising awareness about his condition.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the 2011 Wilmington Take Steps walk by walking, donating, or volunteering. Those interested in walking can register as individuals or as part of a team by visiting http://www.cctakesteps.org/wilmington or registering before the walk begins at 2:00 p.m. at Greenfield Park. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum for walkers.

Walkers on a team can encourage teammates to start fundraising by creating a Facebook group, setting up a fundraising page at the Take Steps event page, or asking family and coworkers to donate and spread awareness about the CCFA and its nationwide fundraising goal of $11 million. Those wishing to volunteer or donate can do so at http://www.cctakesteps.org/wilmington.

For more information on the 2011 Wilmington Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis, contact Nicole Pielech, the Carolinas CCFA Community Development Manager, by phone at 646.300.2906 or by email at npielech@ccfa.org. Those who would like to become involved in social media discussion entailing the event should visit the CCFA Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/ld2E4T.

About the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America:
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D. Four decades ago, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation created the field of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. Today, the Foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."