Meet Our Honored Heroes
Kurt, Ken and Kyndra Kerslake
With three generations of IBD patients in our family, we know what it's like to go through all the tests and doctors appointments, suffering from symptoms and uncertainty while we wait for a diagnosis. Kyndra knows what it's like to receive a Crohn's disease diagnosis at the age of ten. Kurt knows what it's like to try many different medications while trying to find relief for his ulcerative colitis symptoms. Ken knows what it's like need surgery to treat Crohn's disease.
Please help us reach our team goal for Take Steps by donating or registering and fundraising. Your support will help the Foundation invest in cures for the future, while providing support to patients like our family today.
While we all have IBD, our symptoms vary from person to person and from day to day. Right now, we are all on a biologic treatment, either Remicade or Entyvio, and have seen great success with these infusions. We are thankful that these medications have helped reduce our symptoms and improve our quality of life, but we need a cure.
For us, a cure would mean confidence, happiness, and improved quality of life for everyone living with IBD. The freedom to go out and do things and not be afraid of needing to rush to the restroom. Healing for everyone living with these diseases.
Take Steps gives us hope for the future! We participate because it raises awareness about IBD. It’s also a great support system. We have met so many wonderful people through this foundation! It’s always very encouraging to talk with others who understand what you are going through. The walk also helps with raising money for research to find newer medications and to help improve quality of life.
Our family is walking and raising money to support the crucial work of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Take Steps is the 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 and lets patients know they have a community who supports them.