By Addie Balenger
This Saturday afternoon, head over to the Georgia World Congress Center’s International Plaza to participate in Atlanta’s 5th Annual Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis. This walking event raises money and awareness for digestive diseases.
If you or someone you know suffers from a digestive disease, then you understand the impact these diseases have. 1 in 200 American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and the diagnosis rate in young people is increasing. Both illnesses are painful and incurable. In many cases, they require hospitalization and surgery.
The proceeds from Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. This organization strives to discover a cure for both diseases and provides support for those afflicted. Over the past five years, this event has raised over $30 million. This year, the goal is to raise $215,800 and your help is needed!
In addition to the walk, attendees will enjoy music, food, kids activities and live entertainment. If you suffer from a digestive disease, you will find fellowship with many others who suffer from your same disease. This year’s Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis specially recognizes Sean Haira, an 11-year-old who discovered he had Crohn’s disease at age four.
Be sure to register beforehand on the event’s website. On Saturday, check-in begins at 4pm, and the walk starts at 5pm.