CCFA Celebrates Fatherhood at Take Steps Fundraising Walks

CCFA Celebrates Fatherhood at Take Steps Fundraising Walks
In preparation for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's (CCFA) Take Steps fundraising program, a nationwide event featuring a series of fundraising walks, the non-profit organization is also celebrating fatherhood. CCFA is seeking to highlight the importance of fathers, either as patients or caregivers, in families affected by the burden of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Despite the fact that the prevalence of IBD is equal in both men and women, men have a higher probability of being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, particularly later in their lives. In addition to raising awareness about the problem of IBD among men, celebrating fatherhood also involves celebrating fathers' roles within the family, providing hugs, jokes or a shoulder for spouses or children with the disease. The organization is sharing the stories of four men, Russ, Kevin, Raymond and Bishop Thomas, who represent thousands of fathers who struggle with IBD in their families, and who are joining CCFA to participate in Take Steps. The fundraising program, the largest one organized by the foundation, includes over 140 walks throughout the country and aims to increase both funding and awareness to help IBD patients. Three years ago, Russ' son Keegan started experiencing severe abdominal pain, but it was only months after that the doctors were able to diagnose him with
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