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Walk for Crohn's and Colitis Disease

Written by Christopher J. Herman

 Willimantic, Conn. - FEMALES (Females Excelling Maturing to Achieve Leadership, Excellence and Success), a women's leadership club at Eastern Connecticut State University, will host its fifth annual "Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis" walk from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.

The cost is $3 for students, $5 for adults and $25 for a group (no less than 15 people and no more than 25 people in a group). Proceeds will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

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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