The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter, hosted its annual Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis on June 7, 2009 at Audubon Park’s Shelter 10.

The Foundation held its largest fundraiser and celebration to raise funds for Crohn’s and Colitis research.

The event had a distinctly New Orleans vibe with catering by Popeye’s Chicken, Lucky Dogs and Plum Street Snowball Stand in addition to red beans and rice, jambalaya and cookies. A dee-jay was present along with children’s activities and a Hula Hoop Contest to keep everyone active. Many locals came to Audubon Park, one of the 80 locations across America, and took steps to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis.

“The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has defined the field of research into these intractable digestive diseases for nearly a half-century,” said David Lee Thomas, Executive Director of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Louisianan/Mississippi Chapter. “The opportunity to take research to the next level has never been greater than right now. The convergence of life science breakthroughs, the human genome, microbiome and genetic research means that the organization’s research dollars can bring us closer to cures than anyone thought possible even 10 years ago.”

The Louisiana/Mississippi chapter raised $85,000 to help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. Many chairs helped put on this event including: Carla Major, corporate chair of Harrah’s Casino; Dr. George Catinis, medical chair; and Jonelle Kepper, Kelley Faucheux and Johnie Salvaggio, the friends and family chairs. Honored Hero, Mia Davis, attended the event. Mia is 11 and a Crohn’s & Colitis Survivor. In case you missed this year’s event, next year’s walk is planned for June 6.