Take Steps Walk held in Westfield to find cure for Crohn’s and Colitis diseases

Hampden County

A local non-profit organization, that’s dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease, celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday morning.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, otherwise known as IBD, affects more than one million Americans.

Nicole Stratton, chairwoman of the 2018 Revenue Committee, told 22News, this is her fourth year participating in the walk in honor of her daughter, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2015 as a high school sophomore, “It helped my daughter, Samantha, immensely just to cope with it, just to talk about it. We came to the walk and it was a great experience for her to realize that she wasn’t the only affected. And from that day on I know that I’d be part of it ever since.” 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the walk and they’re calling it, “A Decade of Difference. In 2008, Take Steps began as a national fundraising program and by 2018 more than $85 million has been raised to support IBD research and patient support.

Amy Lellamo, one of this year’s honorees said when she was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2008 life suddenly took a drastic change, “You can’t just go anymore. You have to have everything planned out, and it’s a sad way to live. So, research like this helps you know find a cure, hopefully, find a cure. That’s why we’re here.”

Funds raised will help improve the lives of IBD patients through treatment, research, and support. 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko emceed the event.

22News is a proud sponsor.

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