Eastern Long Island Takes Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis

Join Stony Brook's IBD Center Team at the Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis 

Sunday, Oct. 21, Noon (check-in and registration); Noon to 2:30 pm (family-friendly festival); 1 pm (walk start)
Stony Brook University, Student Activities Center (SAC) Plaza, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

Our IBD Center Team leads are: Jeffrey Morganstern, MD; Ramona Rajapakse, MD, FRCP; and Paula Denoya, MD

This 2.8-mile walk will help Stony Brook Medicine and the Long Island Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation raise money for crucial research and a future that’s free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We invite you to join a caring community of more than 1,000 patients, loved ones, friends and supporters who empower and inspire each other fight these diseases. Bring the family and enjoy the festivities! There will be live music, food and kids’ entertainment. Come take a walk with Wolfie leading the way! 

Join the IBD Center Team at Stony Brook Medicine or make a donation at: online.ccfa.org/goto/SBMIBDCenter2018

Learn more or start your own walk team at: cctakesteps.org/easternlongisland2018



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For many IBD warriors across the country, supporting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is something that comes naturally. Since its launch in 2008, Take Steps has been a powerful force in connecting the patient community and accelerating crucial research into the causes of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The dedication and commitment from more than 300,000 Take Steps participants nationally has contributed to more than $85 million raised in the past 10 years to support research efforts.

More than 80 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to funding the mission.  By partnering with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and being a part of Take Steps, the entire IBD Center at Stony Brook Medicine is making a commitment to the Long Island IBD community (an estimated 40,000 of the children and adults live here on Long Island) that nothing is more important than finding better, more effective treatments, and ultimately a cure.

Please visit the Education, Support and Advocacy Tent on walk day and participate in our Decade of Difference activities. As part of our Education, Support and Advocacy tent, this area will spotlight the successes that have occurred over the past 10 years, thanks to support like yours! An interactive display will let you mark your milestone on our 10-year timeline.



Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis (UC) are inflammatory diseases of the bowel, broadly categorized as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. As many as seven out of 100,000 people in the U.S. develop Crohn’s disease, and 10-15 people out of 100,000 develop UC.

IBD can present with a variety of symptoms, depending on whether it is Crohn’s disease or UC, and depending on the area of bowel that is affected. Some common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, weight loss, fevers and anemia. UC and Crohn’s disease can also present with extraintestinal manifestations such as joint pains, skin rashes, eye problems, liver problems and anemia.

Stony Brook Medicine is teaming up with the Long Island chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to provide patients and families with the latest information about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Through fundraising events like the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk, we can help support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. The more money raised, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients suffering with IBD.