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DALLAS, September 2, 2013--According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, 1.4 million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The unpredictable nature of these painful and debilitating digestive diseases create a significant burden on the community, and the economy: more than $1.26 billion in direct and indirect costs annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
The peak onset of disease symptoms is during adolescence and early adulthood, but all ages are affected. Symptoms persist throughout a patient’s life, since current therapies can control, but not cure, these diseases.
Due to their unpredictable nature, patients never know when they might spend two weeks in the hospital, require surgery, or miss work or a personal event.
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s mission is to find cures for Crohn’s and colitis and improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases. To help achieve this, the Foundation has organized Take Steps, the Walk for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding a cure, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is gearing up for the annual Take Steps Walk in Fort Worth on October 19, 2013, at Trinity Park Shelter House.
Click below to hear Jeremy Schaap, ESPN anchor and lead sports journalist, explain how you can help take a step toward a future free from Crohn’s and colitis. For more information about the Fort Worth Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, please visit www.cctakesteps.org/ftworth.
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