Written by Ebony Minott FEMALES (Females Excelling Maturing to Achieve Leadership, Excellence and Success), a women's leadership club at Eastern Connecticut State University, will host its third annual "Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis" walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.
The cost is $5 for single participants and $25 for a group (no less than 5 people and no more than 15 people in a group). Proceeds will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
"It's an honor for us to help support the foundation of a disease that afflicts many people," said Bethany Delaney, president of FEMALES. "A lot of people are unfamiliar with Crohn's disease and colitis, so the walk is a good way to help promote awareness about them. FEMALES hopes the walk will grow bigger each year to raise more money towards a cure."
Crohn's disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that mainly affects the colon.
Both diseases belong to a larger illness called inflammatory bowel disease. The two diseases are extremely difficult to distinguish due to their similar symptoms. According to CCFA, approximately 10 percent of colitis cases are unable to be pinpointed as either ulcerative (chronic) colitis or Crohn's disease, and are called indeterminate colitis. Currently there is no cure for Crohn's disease and colitis, but available treatment options can make life easier for those affected by the disease.
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