GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - Fruitland Resident Austin Knarr, 14, has been named named the honored Hero for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Salisbury Take Steps Walk. Austin suffers from Crohn's disease, a chronic and often debilitating lifelong digestive disease.
He will be honored at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's premier event and largest fundraiser, Take Steps, which takes place Saturday September 21, 2013 at Salisbury University. This walk benefits 1.4 million Americans, including, Austin, who battle Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, and is hoping to raise over $50,000 for research, education programs and support.
Austin and his mom Angela Knarr are making fund raising for Crohn's and colitis a family effort. They have set a goal of raising $20,000 for Crohn's and colitis research. Angela and her husband, Chef Stewart Davis of Flannery's Restaurant are spearheading the fundraising efforts in honor of Austin who has been battling Crohn's disease for over 2 years, after being diagnosed at the young age of 11. In addition to fundraising, their efforts to benefit Crohn's and colitis patients include patient advocacy. In March of 2013, Austin testified in front of the Maryland Legislature to share his story in support of HB1183- Restroom Access Act. Austin and his family were able to play a very important role in having this bill passed and signed into law in April of 2013.
Angela is the captain of Team AUSTIN47KNARR. They joined Take Steps last summer, and raised over $12,000 for CCFA. Seeing the enthusiasm and spirit that the walk generates, Angela and her team decided to raise the stakes this year. They hope that their efforts to raise $20,000 will help raise awareness and much needed funds to cure those affected by these diseases. Information on how to register for the CCFA's Take Steps Salisbury Walk can be found at www.cctakesteps/salisbury.
About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, and rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, and more than 79 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance and the American Institute of Philanthropy For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-783-8006, the Maryland Chapter at 443-276-0681 or visit www.ccfa.org