Why We Walk
One in two hundred Americans has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (together known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD). That’s half a percent. In other words, when you ride on a subway, odds are there’s at least a couple other people on that train who have IBD. I was at a Minnesota Vikings game recently with 65,000 other people. A half percent of that stadium makes 350 people. I assume IBD patients stay close to home more than the average population, but still, that represents a fair number of IBD patients among the people we know and encounter regularly.
With numbers like that in mind, IBD seems to be fairly common. Yet, so many people have no idea what these diseases are, or that they even exist. Why is that? Is it embarrassing to talk about? It involves taboo topics? We fear others won’t understand or identify?
What about other diseases? Why do they seem to get more attention? I regularly hear about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lukemia and Lymphoma, and many others. Most everyone has heard of these diseases (and encountered their fundraising and awareness campaigns)… but that doesn’t mean they’re more common.
Here are some interesting statistics…Annually, more people are diagnosed with IBD than Lukemia and Lymphoma combined. IBD encompasses more than three times as many patients as MS. While these are all worthy causes, Crohn’s and colitis are more prevalent, yet achieve less recognition of than any of these others.
Regardless of how this came about, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Awareness is the key to helping those who need it and making the necessary progress to cure these diseases. We have work to do.
One of the many ways to spread awareness is to participate in a community event like a Take Steps walk. Take steps is a family-oriented non-competitive walk event that brings communities together to help with this critical mission. To learn more, watch this Why We Walk video.
We walk because we are not alone.
We walk because there are others who need us.
We walk because it’s fun!
We walk to raise awareness.
We walk because we can’t afford not to—we walk to find a cure.
It’s time to start gearing up for walk season. You can sign up as a walker, start a team, or make a contribution (or all of the above!). It’s a great way to support the cause, and it’s also an opportunity to meet others in your community affected by Crohn’s and colitis, and work together toward something great.
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