RECAP – Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Community Walk

RECAP – Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Community Walk

On May 17, 2016, Posted by , In PMA News, With Comments Off on RECAP – Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Community Walk


Honored Hero Ben Etter, age  10, (gray shorts) and his Ben's Creeper's team

RECAP – Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Community Walk

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Several hundred people came together on Saturday to raise funds and support those with painful and uncomfortable digestive diseases at the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Community Walk at Exploration Park at the Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community. More than the $40,000 goal was raised for research and support programs for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Prizes were awarded to top fundraisers which included:

–          Ronnie Grower, Top Individual Fundraiser with more than $8,000

–          Ben’s Creepers, Top Friends and Family Team with more than $4,500

This team was named for the event’s Honored Hero, 10-year-old Ben Etter, whose favorite game is Minecraft. Ben was diagnosed with Crohn’ disease when he was 6.

–          Team Ronnie Grower, Top Board Team with more than $8,000

–          Team Fink, Top New Team with more than $1,000

In addition to the leisurely stroll through Exploration Park, Take Steps activities included             live music, food tent, raffle with great prizes, vendor booths, wellness area, educational materials and a Kids Zone with a bounce house, face painting, balloon artist, and games. Plus the 80-acre park offers an Old Western village, Native American play structures, archeological dig area, splash pad, picnic areas, and the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak with walking, hiking and cycling trails and panoramic views of the Las Vegas Valley.

Your Crohn’s & Colitis Donation Dollars at Work.

82 cents of every dollar goes directly toward research – specifically pediatric research – and other programs to help those with digestive diseases. Also, the Take Steps event sends several Nevada campers to CCFA camp in Shady Brook, Col., and a free education event this fall for Nevada residents.

–          $25 – Stock a gastroenterology office with informational brochures to educate newly diagnosed IBD patients

–          $50 – Support training for volunteers to start new support groups in their community

–          $100 – Fund a month of IBD Help Center translation services for all patients

–          $200 – Support 1 day of life-changing fun and support for a Camp Oasis camper

–          $500 – Cover 6 months of online chat support with information specialists

The local Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation chapter is very appreciative of the event sponsors, including Abbvie, Dignity Health – St. Rose Hospital, Ed Bernstein & Associates, Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community, Shire, United Healthcare and Jack and Jill Stilwell.  Other thank you’s to Purdue Marion & Associates, Pepsi, Desert Produce, National Charity League and the many volunteers for their contribution in making the annual event a success.

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