GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – There’s an empowering event happening this weekend to raise awareness and help families fighting two “invisible” diseases, Crohn’s and Colitis.
The two diseases know no boundaries.
Allison, was diagnosed at a young age. From 9 to 11 years old, doctors couldn’t figure out what she had. Allison showed signs of fatigue and fever, she was always cold and experienced a lot of weight loss.
Though the symptoms may have changed throughout this journey, the need for support never did. She shared how important it is to speak out and allow loved ones to help.
There can be many emotions attached to having a disease like Crohn’s or Colitis, and you may not always know how to react to it. That’s why having such a strong support system has played a huge role in Allison’s life, and been a blessing in more ways than one.
“Absolutely don’t be afraid to speak out.” – Allison, honored hero
THE EVENT: We’re making waves in the community to create awareness of the two life altering diseases, and you’re invited. Yes, it’s a walk… but it’s truly a community event. Head to Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis this weekend for a network of parents, patients, caregivers, and supporters all working together for the same cause.
- Saturday, June 3, 2017
- Check in at 10am, walk starts at 11am
- John Ball Zoo Park
- Kids activities, including a bounce house
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect more than 1.6 million Americans. That’s one in every 200 Americans living with one of these debilitating, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. To learn more, head to http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/TakeSteps/Chapter-Michigan?pg=entry&fr_id=6788.