If Gavin could have any superpower he would heal all sickness in the world. This caring and loving boy was just 7 years old when he began to experience alarming symptoms: bloody stools and severe belly pain. He was a frequent visitor to the Emergency Department until doctors discovered he had ulcerative colitis and he began treatment. After the initial medication failed, Gavin was admitted to the hospital and additionally diagnosed with pancreatitis and prescribed Remicade. Within 24 hours, he was feeling better and discharged. Now 9, Gavin plays on a travel baseball team, gets straight A’s in school and continues to return to CHOP every 6 weeks for infusions. Gavin says he’s participating in Walk for Hope to “help kids like myself by raising awareness and money for a cure to IBD.”
I am raising money and walking to help create hope. Join me on my fundraising journey to find a cure for IBD!
Why Should You Join?
- IBD is growing at a rapid speed: Inflammatory bowel disease is the fastest-growing autoimmune disorder in children younger than 5.
- Too many kids are suffering: Each year, the Center for Pediatric IBD at CHOP treats more than 1,800 young patients who suffer from abdominal pain, intestinal inflammation and other symptoms of this often-debilitating disease.
- Breakthroughs need funding: The past few years have produced an explosion of knowledge about the genetics of IBD and expanded treatment options. Today, expert gastroenterologists, geneticists and researchers work together to evaluate each child’s DNA and microbiome with the goal of developing truly personalized medicine. Walk for Hope funds these discoveries – taking us one step closer to a cure.
How Can You Help?
Join us or donate today and help change the lives of children with IBD.
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