New Venue Highlights Plans for 2017 Indianapolis “Take Steps” for Crohn’s and Colitis | Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

New Venue Highlights Plans for 2017 Indianapolis “Take Steps” for Crohn’s and Colitis

June 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Each year the annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Take Steps campaign offers much to its participants including family, food, fun, entertainment and a great opportunity to help researchers find a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). This year the Indianapolis Take Steps Celebration will offer that and more, thanks in large part to a new event location – Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.

This year’s celebration is scheduled Sunday, June 25, and will be held inside one of the best minor-league baseball parks in America. While still featuring all the fun and bond of family for those impacted by IBD, the change of venue to Victory Field promises to make the event special in 2017.

Chapter executive director, Brandi GreenLeaf, is excited for the buzz of energy that revolves around the event’s new location.

“Picture an afternoon stroll in the ballpark,” said GreenLeaf. “Victory Field offers the Take Steps event the change in pace that it needed. It’s not just another nonprofit walk. It is truly a celebration party for our IBD community at an incredible stadium.”

The Indianapolis Take Steps Celebration will be one of 120 similar fundraisers held in communities around the country this year and is highlighted by a group stroll around the ballpark. Proceeds from the event are used to fund research toward finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which affects more than 30,000 Hoosiers and an estimated 1.6 million people nationally.

This year’s Indy event, which begins at 4 p.m. on June 25, features two “Honored Heroes”: Katie Workman, of Logansport, and Rik Bag, of Carmel. Take Steps Honored Heroes represent the IBD warriors living in our community. They share their story of life with IBD to raise awareness and inspire others to join the fight against digestive diseases.

The foundation would like to thank our national sponsors AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Salix Pharmaceuticals and UCB, as well as our local partners, Capital Group, Community Endoscopy Center, Franciscan Health and Indiana University Health.

Those wishing to participate in the Take Steps Celebration, or donate to the campaign, are encouraged to for more information.


Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance ( and the American Institute of Philanthropy (

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