Local Fundraiser Walk Raises Awareness About Disease

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COLUMBIA - More than 150 people participated in The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Take Steps walk in Columbia Sunday.

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America hosted the walk to raise money and awareness for those suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

"Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases. They are auto-immune diseases so they are incurable. They affect someone from their mouth all the way through their digestive tract," said Walk Manager Amy Willett.

The Foundation recently added Columbia to i's list of more than 150 walk sites across the nation.

"It is our first walk in Columbia, so a smaller crowd this year, but we are hoping to raise awareness. Columbia is a new walk site for us, but we have walks all over the country and we will be here every year now," said Willett.

The Foundation also holds a spring walk in Saint Louis each May. The walks are CCFA's largest fundraisers.

CCFA won a local donation contest in September. Mastertech Plumbing, Heating and Cooling presented a $500 check to the foundation before the walk began Sunday afternoon.