Photo Gallery | Hundreds "Take Steps" to raise awareness of Crohn's and Colitis
(Maureen O'Boyle/WBTV) This weekend hundreds decided to TAKE STEPS to help raise funds and awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis. One out of every 200 Americans suffers from the digestive diseases. It impacts children and adults! The Take Steps walk at Freedom Park on Saturday is the largest fundraiser for the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America. This year the local chapter expected to break their record and raise over $140 thousand dollars.
I was there to help cheer on friends and family members who are living with the digestive diseases. Money raised will help make life better for those who are impacted by the disease and raise awareness for a disease that for too long has been one people are embarrassed to talk about.
Jacob Castles was this year’s Honored Hero. The 8-year-old was recognized for his courage and perseverance in spite his medical condition. While living with a painful and unpredictable disease, Jacob still manages to live a rich and exciting life filled with lots of sports, youth activities and work in various ministries to help others. The 3rd grader is a role model for anyone facing adversity! Many of the adults commented on how strong Jacob is, how he inspired even them!
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