Taking steps

I had a great time today volunteering for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s annual Take Steps walk. It’s a 3 mile walk that took place on NCSU’s Centennial Campus this evening.

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It was a very last minute thing that I got involved. I knew about the walk for a while, but in all honesty, I’m not a big walk/fundraiser person. They just don’t get me excited. However, since there are no other major fundraisers for Crohn’s Disease research in the area, I probably will get more involved in the future. But it was about a week ago that I thought about the fact that I just want to be more involved in the local Crohn’s community in general, so I looked up the walk and found out that it was this weekend. I got in contact with the coordinator and she told me they could definitely still use some volunteers.

It’s probably a good thing I wasn’t signed up for the walk because my ankle has been especially bothering me the past couple of days. I was actually concerned last night about being able to even make it to the walk because I was having trouble putting any weight at all on my ankle. But it was feeling better this morning and I’m glad I was able to help out today.

I started by helping with the bounce house, making sure the kids take off their shoes and don’t trample each other. But then they posted me along the route to help direct those walking. Not a lot of action, but glad I could be involved.

I really wish there were some other fundraiser options for Crohn’s Disease, but at this time, I don’t know of any others. That’s actually something I would be interested in for the future. Maybe I can put together some sort of charity. Hmm… ideas, ideas.

But today makes me think about the future of Crohn’s research and it makes me excited. Just the other day, one of my cousins was telling me about research being done in a lab she works at in Colorado. I think in the coming years, we’ll see some breakthroughs. I wish I had the time to wait for those to come to fruition, but unfortunately, time is not a luxury I have.

I’m proud to have been able to be a part of an exciting event today that raised over $84,000 for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis research. I look forward to being able to take even bigger steps in the future.

For more information on the CCFA, check out my Crohn’s Resources page.

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