I am leading Team Belly Laughs once again for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, a cause that has been very close to my heart (and gut) since my life changed over 20 years ago. I hope you'll consider supporting the cause with a donation or by joining us for the walk.
This year is a special one for several reasons. One, our beautiful outdoor beachside event is aiming to be held in person for the first time since 2019, aka a lifetime ago. And two, I am passing the baton of Take Steps Los Angeles "Honored Hero," a title I held last year, raising just shy of $10,000. This year, my goal is to surpass that $10k mark for the first time in our 8 year history! Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us in the past, and THANK YOU for supporting us or joining us in the 2022 season. You can do so by clicking one of those nice orange buttons: "Join my Team" or "Donate." Or by sharing this page on your social media or by email.
MAKING A DONATION: Supporting through a donation is greatly appreciated, whether you are a team member or not. Every dollar counts towards making patients' lives better. Click “Donate” and your contribution will count towards both my goal and that of team Belly Laughs. Your support will help the Foundation invest in cures for the future, while providing support to patients today. 1 in 100 Americans suffer from IBD, and currently there is no cure.
JOINING THE TEAM: Registering through the "Join Team" button makes you part of Team Belly Laughs! There is no commitment to attend the June 12th event in Santa Monica, so joining the team can be a great gesture of solidarity and still helps build our numbers (which helps get more sponsors, which means more funds for this great cause!). As a team member, any donations (self-donations or otherwise) can be made under your name and earn you swag, while also raising the achievement of the whole team and getting us closer to the $10k goal! And if you are up for attending the Walk, which I liken to a festival of solidarity and a seaside stroll, that would be doubly super awesome too! More on that below.
ATTENDING THE EVENT: Register for the team and come join us in Santa Monica's Tongva Park for a celebration of funds raised, and then a fun and refreshing walk along Ocean Ave (pet friendly and family friendly!). Perhaps after, we'll picnic as a team on the beach or in the park. Sunshine! Exercise! Swag, snacks, and solidarity! A charitable cause! And free parking all day! This event has it all.
About the event on a national scale: Take Steps is CCF's national walk, the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. This event raises money for crucial research, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings this community together in a fun, energetic and supportive atmosphere.
This matter is personal to me. It is due only to state-of-the-art research, a direct result of this kind of fundraising, that we with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis keep hope for the future. The more money we raise, the closer we will be to making life more manageable for patients who live with these diseases every day.
Thank you for your support! - Jared