Stepping Up for World IBD Day

Stepping Up for World IBD Day
Tuesday was World IBD Day. The European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) first recognized May 19 as a day to raise awareness and support IBD patients globally in 2010. Today, more than 50 countries across five continents participate in advocating for IBD research and awareness. In the U.S., the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is the EFCCA's sister organization. Each year, local chapters across the nation participate in the foundation’s largest fundraiser, Take Steps. I’ve wanted to participate in the Austin Take Steps event since 2016, when I became an active advocate for my autoimmune diseases and healthcare in general. Unfortunately, over the past three years, the Central Texas chapter has held the event the weekend my husband and I leave for our traditional anniversary road trip along the Gulf Coast. The event also coincides with the Preakness, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. My husband, a horse racing enthusiast, likes to “bet on the ponies.” So, even if we’re in town, we have to drive an hour or two to the nearest horse racing track to place bets, because Texas prohibits online gambling. Regardless of the bad timing, after taking part in February in the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Get Your Rear in Gear — our first 5K — I was determined more than ever to sign up for a Take Steps event this year, even if it meant finding a walk wherever we were on vacation. Then, with COVID-19 shuttering most of the nation, not only did we have to quash our vacation plans, but also the Central Texas chapter canceled the Austin Take Steps event. The good news is that like most of our day-to-day lives, Take Steps is going virtual. The Central Texas chapter rescheduled the event for June 20. Other chapters
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