Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation holds annual ‘Take Steps’ walk
Saturday the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation held their 10th annual ‘Take Steps’ walk.
Crohn’s and colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease; Crohn’s disease affects the entire digestive tract, and colitis affects the large intestine.
“Essentially your immune system is attacking your digestive tract, it can be a very painful, debilitating disease,” says Aaron Castens, Executive Director of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
The foundation is working to inform people about the diseases and the effects they have, and to raise money to support research that goes into finding a cure. This year’s goal was to raise 60 thousand dollars.
“People miss the opp to work, go to school, a lot of things you may not be aware of, and that’s one of the things our organization is trying to do is to raise awareness that they realize these can be pretty devastating diseases and we need to find cures,” Castens says.
Hundreds of people showed up Saturday morning at the kick-off at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Before the walk began, the foundation hosted an ‘honor hero,’ someone battling the disease to speak to the crowd and give hope to others.
“It can be hard at times, you get flare-ups and with all the medicines and drugs were taking there are side effects with that too but I would say try to be positive and surround yourself with people like this, the support…the support is out there,” says Lori Knoche, who struggles with Crohn’s disease.
“I can’t even express how amazing it is, the local community support that we have here is…it means so much to me to have the local support.”
Raffle prizes, face painting, photo ops and educational information were available at the event.