“The Take Steps Walk in Denver” for Crohn’s and Colitis a guest blog post by Jeremy Stern

The Take Steps Walk in Denver is an excellent opportunity to continue reaching out to those in need throughout the state of Colorado and especially those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We will continue to expand the walk to include  beautiful scenery, family-friendly festival, food, live music, kids activities, team village, pet place and exhibitors. The Denver Walk is an established fundraising event with over twenty years in existence. We will continue to build on a new tradition at the Take Steps Walk at City Park on the Saturday before Father’s Day in June and are excited to have local businesses build this tradition with us.

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Last year, nearly 2,000 walkers participated and raised over $217,000 in the annual Take Steps Walk at City Park. Over 150 walks will be held throughout the country next year in every state and we want Denver to be number one. Our goal is to raise $250,000 here in Denver and you can help. Many families, businesses and organizations already participate in Take Steps and the number is growing every year! In order to continue this growth, we must increase the number that take part in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk. In doing so, we will reach our goal.

Dakota's cousin, Baxter Stern, enjoys helping at the walk!

Dakota’s cousin, Baxter Stern, enjoys helping at the walk!

There are lots of activities going on, but the Pet Place area is one that has gained lots of popularity in recent years. The Pet Place is area for pets to feel welcome and receive treats, toys, meet other furry friends as well as participate in the Pet Contest. The three categories include: cutest pet, best trick and pet that looks most like their owner. The area is proud to welcome the Pet Place presenting sponsor Belcaro Animal Hospital,

Logo courtesy of Belcaro Animal Hospital

Logo courtesy of Belcaro Animal Hospital

along with other exhibitors from Camp Bow Wow, Canine/Feline Behavior Counseling, Green Buddies, Pawsitively Pooches, LLC  Petsitters International,  Stella and Chewy’s and more.

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Options to get involved are still available! If you live in Colorado or know anyone who does, please come to the Take Steps Walk on June 15. For more information visit www.cctakesteps.org/Denver or contact Jeremy Stern at jstern@ccfa.org.

 JEREMY STERN is the Sr. Walk Manager for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. He is responsible for seven Take Steps Walks located in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming with the largest event being  Denver, CO. His responsibilities include: managing the fundraising, corporate partnerships, event management and volunteer development for the Walk program. Before joining CCFA in February 2011, Jeremy worked for Hands On Miami responsible for corporate volunteer projects. Prior to this he also worked for the Marlins Foundation helping raise funds and manage programs for the Major League Baseball team’s Foundation. He currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife Emily and four-year old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Baxter. The pup was named after Ron Burgandy’s companion in Anchorman and lives with his own case of digestive issues which has been diagnosed as colitis.

Dakota and I have a personal relationship with Jeremy because he happens to be my nephew (and Dakota’s cousin!) We are proud of the wonderful work that he is doing and wanted to help spread the word to help raise funds for such an important cause.  We are honored to have had Jeremy guest post today! Please share this post to help them reach their goal!