For one Nebraska family, the 5th Annual Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk meant more than just finding a cure.
Crohn's and Colitis are digestive diseases that affect around 1.4 million Americans. Around 300 people gathered at Holmes Lake Park Saturday afternoon to help raise money and awareness. Organizers say the event raised around $20,000.
"It's painful, it's embarrassing you know, people don't wanna talk about it, they don't wanna tell you what Crohn's disease is," Shannon McCain of Bartlett said.
McCain, 24, had a team of supporters walking with her. She was diagnosed with Crohn's two years ago, exactly a year and a half after the same disease took the life of her best friend.
"I feel like it's really unfair that I get to be here and she doesn't," McCain said.
Kat Race of Bartlett was 19 years old when she died of Crohn's complications.
"She had a massive stroke and they didn't know why or how, so that is the day we had to unplug her," Kat's mother Sarah Race said.
Sarah says Saturday's walk was emotional, both in memory of her daughter and to fight for a better future for Shannon.
"I want Shannon to be the first one that gets the cure, so that she doesn't have to suffer like Kat," Race said.
Shannon says she thinks of Kat as her guardian angel.
"She would want me to just be happy so that's what I try to do," McCain said.