Hi everyone,

A few years ago I let many folks know that I have Crohn’s Disease – a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation or swelling of the digestive tract. As you can imagine, this disease is not commonly talked about because of its somewhat personal nature. Since getting things under control I, my family, and some friends have been participating in the annual “Denver Guts and Glory Walk.” The walk was created to raise funds to find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colits and to increase awareness about these diseases. This has been a very heart warming experience every time we participate – and I thank all of them from the bottom of my heart.

Well, as you can surmise, I (and my wonderful family and friends) will be participating in the walk again this year and I welcome any and all who want to join in on the walk or donate – or both. As more people find out that I have this disease, I too, find others that are also suffering from Crohn’s and/or Colitis. It has no longer only a personal issue for me, but as I
meet others with these diseases it has begun to become a.. well… a movement. *chuckle*

Any participation or assistance would be appreciated. I realize now may not be a good time for some of you. So, if that is the case, please consider it another time… maybe next year?

They changed a few things with the event this year… new event name, new location and new time. It is now called “Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis” and will be held on Saturday evening (May 10th) at the Denver Zoo! The registration and Festival is at 6:30 p.m. and the Walk and View Animals event starts at 7:30 p.m. They have definitely made this a more family friendly event! I am looking forward to it.

If you are interested in either participating or donating the event information is as follows:

Event Date: May 10, 2008
Event Location: Denver Zoo
Standard: No Fees (General Registration)
Event Schedule: 6:30 p.m. Registration and Festival / 7:30 p.m. Walk Start and View Animals
Team Name: The Movement

To register or donate you can go to: http://www.active.com/donate/takestepsDN07/themovement-ben or to http://www.active.com/donate/takestepsDN07/themovement

Thanks to all of you in advance. It has been an interesting journey so far and there has been plenty of good news for Crohn’s treatment this year… Hopefully we can continue to have a positive impact on research and maybe even cure this damn disease.

Thanks again and take care,


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