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Binghamton Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis

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Taking steps to help fight against digestive diseases; that was the goal for several walkers Saturday at the Binghamton Take Steps for Chron's and Colitis walk in Otsiningo Park.

Officials say approximately 1.4 million Americans suffer from Chron's and Colitis diseases. More than 150 people came out to today's event to enjoy music, food, kid’s activities and entertainment.

This year's local honored hero, Kelly Veal, says that while having a digestive disease has been challenging, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

"I think it's certainly taught me empathy overall because you really don't know when you walk down the street what people are suffering from. Or if they are having some type of problem because on the outside it really is a silent disease. You don't realize it, somebody looks normal, they look fine, and what you don't understand is maybe where they've come from or maybe the medication that they're on or the things they have to do on a daily basis in order to keep their disease in remission," said Take Steps 2015 Local Honored Hero Kelly Veal.

Saturday's event raised more than 28-thousand dollars which will go towards the Chron's and Colitis Foundation of America for research, education and local camp scholarships.

The organization is still accepting donations for the walk until July 30th.
Head to online.ccfa.org to donate.