Hi there! I'm Katie Del Pino & I'm kicking Crohn's butt this year!
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in March of 2021, after losing my husband & I's much loved first pregnancy. After spending a month in and out of hospitals due to unknown complications, Doctors at Memorial Hospital began to suspect more was at risk with my health than met the eye. After a 2nd colonoscopy in less than 2 months, bloodwork and testing, my Crohn's Disease was discovered in my terminal ileum. I've spent a year in flare, with 2 months of relief from symptoms before in December of 2021, I was hospitalized for appendicitis, which began the storm I am in now. I am currently being managed by the Crohn's and Colitis Center in junction with UM, and as we work towards a treatment plan that will give me my quality of life back, I am determined to work towards a cure! I have weaponized my illness in the fight against IBD by participating in multiple studies with Stanford University in California, and with my local research hospital here at University of Miami! Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for donating towards the future for a cure for IBD!
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect more individuals than you may think – millions of Americans suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s largest nationwide fundraising campaign, helping to accelerate the progress of breakthrough research and to support critical patient programs. Take Steps also brings the community together in a fun, family-friendly and supportive atmosphere so patients know they are not alone.
Please help me reach my personal goal of $1,500 for Take Steps Fort Lauderdale so that together we can support the crucial work of the Foundation. Your donation to my fundraising efforts will help the Foundation invest in cures for the future, while providing support to patients today.
Leaders in Research: The Foundation has been a leader in IBD research since their founding more than 50 years ago. They are accelerating the pace of research by breaking down traditional barriers to patients, data, funding, and collaborations, as well as catalyzing critical cutting-edge research studies and clinical trials at major medical institutions, and financing underdeveloped areas of research.
Empowering Patients and Caregivers: The Foundation serves millions of patients annually, and empowers both patients and caregivers through education, support, and advocacy programs.
Do you know someone who is affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? Join my team or share my fundraising page to spread awareness in the community!
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