Students in the Physician Assistant Studies program participated in the annual Take Steps walk on Long Island to raise funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research this month.
Sponsored by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the walk brings awareness to the conditions, which are types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that collectively affect more than 1.6 million children and adults in the United States.
“As someone who has been living with Crohn’s for over a decade, it was a really special day to attend my first Take Steps walk and see so many people out there supporting a great cause,” said Vincent Vitale, PA Class of 2018. “It was especially meaningful seeing so many of my classmates and peers donating and walking to support a cause that affects so many people in this country.”
Throughout the spring semester, PA students raised a total of $693 for research towards a cure and critical patient programs. Symptoms of IBD can include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and extreme fatigue and weight loss. While the severity of IBD varies among patients, it can be debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. Treatment can include medication, alterations in diet and nutrition, and surgery.
This was Hofstra’s second year participating in the Take Steps walk, which was held in Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, NY on Sunday, June 11.