BROWARD COUNTY, FL. – Hundreds of walkers are preparing to lace up their sneakers and begin their fundraising to fight digestive diseases in the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's annual Take Steps Walk. The Walk, which will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Arts Park at Hollywood Young Circle, is an important part of the efforts the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) makes to create awareness and raise funds to support the thousands of people suffering from digestive diseases.

"Crohn's disease, colitis, and other digestive diseases are on the rise in individuals across the Country," said Craig Konhauzer, president of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Florida Chapter Board of Directors. "The disease has affected my family. And, with one in every 200 individuals being diagnosed with a digestive disease, I am sure it has also impacted many others here in our community. I encourage the community to support CCFA by participating in this event. Funds raised at this Walk play an integral part in efforts to fund research, educational programs, even treatment for some. Please take a moment to learn more about the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation through this event. There are a number of ways you can make an impact."

The Ft. Lauderdale walk is part of more than 100 Take Steps walks that are taking place across the Country to support the more than 1.4 million Americans (94,000 in Florida) that are affected by digestive diseases.  Supporters are encouraged to create a team and make a difference. In addition to the Walk festivities, there will be a kids zone with free food, drinks, musical entertainment and bounce house fun for the entire family.

Co-chairs of the event are Craig Konhauzer and Susan Gringauz. Memorial Hospital West Medical Staff; Digestive Care; Shuham & Shuham, P.A.; Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos Lehrman; Healthcare Appraisers; South Broward Endoscopyare sponsors of this event. For more information about becoming involved in the Take Steps Ft. Lauderdale Walk, or to learn more about the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, please visit or call 561-218-2929.

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