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LDuran CCFA LA Chapter Take Steps

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Did you know that children under the age of 18 are the fastest growing patient population and are often the most severly impacted by Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. We do not know what causes these diseases and today there are no medical cures. With your help, that can change. With funds raised through Take Steps by participants, we are one step closer to finding cures.

Take Steps Crohn's and Colitis is CCFA's largest fundraising event. Participants raise funds and awareness throughout the year and come together to celebrate the steps that have been taken towards a cure. Our 2013 events are just around the corner!

Many patients feel that they are alone in their struggle with IBD, not knowing how to explain to others what they are going through. Take Steps provides an event that is the perfect environment for patients and their families to come together and know that they are not alonein this fight. The night is filled with music, food, kids activities, local entertainment and most importantly the company of hundreds of people who truly understand the impacts of IBD.

One in every 200 people suffers daily with digestive diseases. With the support of communities nationwide, CCFA has raised much needed funds that, through research, have brought us closer to a cure.

More than 82 cents of every dollar raisd through our Take Steps campaign goes directly to fund research and patient programs in your local community. Together we can achieve a better quality of life for patients and those who participate in their care. Better therapies and prevention are only a few steps away.

Since the inception, CCFA has invested approximately $168 million in research worldwide and funded more than 1000 grants. We invest our dollars wisely, funding the best IBD research anywhere in the world and implementing a peer-review process that insures that only the most promising and relevant grant applications are funded.

A few facts about IBD:
* We still don't know the causes of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
* No existing medication induces remission in all patients.
* We can't prevent relapses of diseases.
* We don't know how to prevent complications of IBD (abscesses, fistulae, obstruction, and Cancer)
* We don't know how to predict who will develop IBD or how to prevent high-risk individuals from developing symptoms and progressive diseases.

My son had Ulcerative Colitis until they removed his colon, however, my son still suffers from malnutrition, anemia, weightloss, fatigue, insomnia, and a loss of a career in the United States Air Force as a Captain of a KC-135/

Please help me to help those patients that are in need of a cure, remission, and research to better serve them.

Donate today!

Thank you very much

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