I thought that as we get closer to Binghamton’s 3rd Annual Crohn’s and Colitis Take Steps Walk on May 11th, I could fill you in on what we are trying to accomplish.

You may be asking, “What is Crohn’s and Colitis?” Basically, it is an inflammation in the digestive system. Ulcers can form and cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. With Crohn’s Disease, it can be located in any part of the Gastrointestinal Tract; Colitis is only located in the Colin. (For more info log on to ccfa.org)

Today there is no cure for either disease. With events like the Take Steps Walk, people from all over the community can gather together to raise awareness and support each other. Trust me when I say that knowing that you’re not alone in this battle helps more than any type of medicine.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 13. (I know, lucky 13, right?) When I got diagnosed, I had never even heard of Crohn’s or knew anyone with it. I felt like no one could really understand what I was going through. When I was given the chance to help start the Take Steps Walk in Binghamton 3 years ago, I was so honored. I felt like I was helping people who were suffering from these diseases get together to share stories and realize that they weren’t alone.

Our main goals are to raise awareness for these digestive diseases and raise funds to help find a cure. May 11th is right around the corner, so if you are interested in participating in this years walk, log onto cctakesteps.org/binghamton to sign up. You can join an existing team, or, feel free to start up your own team! If you want to learn more about Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, log on to ccfa.org

Thanks for the support and I hope to see you on May 11th