Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk

The walk is the area’s largest fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life for people affected by IBD.

When Apr 26, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where NCSU Centennial Campus
Contact Name
Contact Phone 704-264-0587 x5
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Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is serving as the 2014 Executive Champion of UNC’s Take Steps teams, leading the efforts to ensure strong support and participation in the walk not just in this division, but across the UNC campus.  Representation from as many of UNC and UNCH faculty and staff as possible at the walk is strongly encouraged!

We would like you to consider joining us in support of the walk on Saturday, April 26 in Raleigh.  There are many ways you can participate:  You can be a walk team captain for your department, a walker, a walk day volunteer or an event organizer.  It is our hope to engage numerous departments within the hospital and university, raise funds and awareness, and come together to celebrate the steps that have been taken towards a cure.

We believe UNC and UNC Hospitals employees affected by IBD can easily rally behind the CCFA simply because of its important mission to improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by digestive diseases.  Through Take Steps, we will be actively involved in raising awareness and vital funds to help the CCFA find a cure and bring hope to countless lives.

In 2013, nine UNC and UNC Hospitals Take Steps teams totaling 160 participants raised approximately $15,000 to support the Carolinas Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.  To date, seven UNC and UNC Hospitals' teams have registered to participate in the 2014 Take Steps Walk.  If you would like to support UNC’s leadership role in this important IBD advocacy event or want to learn more about how you can contribute, contact Elizabeth Fligor (Community Development Manager for the Carolinas Chapter of the CCFA) directly via email (efligor@ccfa.org) or phone (704-264-0587, ext. 5).  Or, you can register to walk online at www.cctakesteps.org/triangle

The CCFA and UNC have a long-standing partnership in research collaboration and community education programs.  The money we raise through Take Steps helps support patient programs, enhances professional education efforts, and propels critical research for a cure.  Over the past three years, the Carolinas Chapter of the CCFA has been awarded $6.9 million in research awards, of which $6.5 million was awarded to researchers at UNC and UNCH.

1.4 million American adults and children are affected by digestive diseases.  So many suffer in silence, but Take Steps is changing that by bringing this community together publicly and encouraging them to make noise and be heard.