“Take Steps” walk raises awareness for digestive diseases

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It’s a mission to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s “Northwest Arkansas Take Steps Walk” is hoping to make a difference. 

Saturday marked a celebration of all the work done to raise money for the cause. Good Day NWA’s Jason Suel emceed the event in Rogers.

Rogers resident Trevor Lewis says he’s been battling Crohn’s disease since he was a 20-year-old student at the University of Arkansas. 

“For this community to exist and gather the money and fund research, 80 cents for every dollar goes towards scientific research. I mean, twenty years ago we didn’t have nearly the amount of therapies for Crohn’s,” said Lewis. 

Shawn Townzen, the Take Steps corporate chair, said many people battle the disease in silence.

“It’s kind of an unknown disease, because it’s private, a thing you don’t want to talk about” said Townzen. “That’s what’s really special. It’s taking one step at a time to find a cure.”

More than 60,000 people walked for cures last year, raising nearly $11 million for mission-critical research and patient support programs.

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