On Saturday, Nov. 4, West Palm Beach welcomed Take Steps’ support walk for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Over 120 walks took place across the country. Funds raised support over 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Crohn’s and colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease inflames anywhere along the digestive tract, while colitis affects the large intestine. Although incurable, treatments for these diseases include medication, change in diet, and surgery.
According to their website, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is the only IBD support and research organization. Its funds provide for research, patient services, advocacy and professional education. SInce the organization began, it raised more than $300 million.
“It has grown every year since it began three years ago,” said Glenn Glazer, WPTV Meteorologist and MC for West Palm Beach’s The Take Steps event. “I think one of the groups here is the top fundraiser for this foundation in the country, and they raised over eighty thousand dollars just for this year.”
Lauren Kuperman was diagnosed three years ago with ulceric colitis. attended with her mother, Sheri, and friends who came to support her.
“I’m there for her if she needs help,” said Tara Spector, friend of Lauren Kuperman who participated in walk.
Sheri Kuperman shared her delight in Lauren who took the initiative to fundraise independently through car washes.
"It is a soft way of letting people know 'I support this cause because I suffer from it' without walking around saying 'poor me, look at me,'" Kuperman said.
Take Steps’ walk provided an additional option for individuals with Crohn’s or colitis, like Lauren, to raise awareness and support.
“The more we do this event the more money this foundation is able to raise then the closer we are to finding a cure,” Glazer said.