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Take Steps 2014 for Crohn's & Colitis
GI Associates, LLC was proud to be a part of this 7th Annual Event, which was held on Sunday, June 1, at Greenfield Park in West Allis, WI. We participated as a team from a cross section of employees within our organization, under the name Team Colonators. The event raised close to $85,000 this year, even though the actual walk had to cancelled due to lightning and thunderstorms. If you wish to learn more about this event, please click on this link to see a video. Also, click here to read more about Matt, this year's honoree for the walk.
A few facts about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis:
- There are nearly 1 in 200 Americans living with IBD.
- 70,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
- 150,000 (about 10 percent) of people with IBD are children under age 18.
- Most people develop the diseases between ages 15 and 35.
- Children under 18 are the fastest-growing patient population and are often the most severely impacted by the diseases.
- 163 genes associated with IBD have been discovered, but their functions are still unknown.
- Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss and fatigue.
- Many patients have complications affecting other body parts—anemia from blood loss, inflammation of the eyes, joint pain, and more.
- The average patient is misdiagnosed twice.
- The number of Crohn’s & colitis cases has increased 20 times since World War II.
- Approximately 20 percent of patients have another family member with Crohn’s or colitis.
Click here for more information about the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America