Join 6-year-old Aiden Espinoza and the Las Vegas chapter of the Crohn’s &Colitis Foundation of America for the annual Take Steps for Crohn’s &Colitis Walk on May 31.
This family-friendly event, running 8 a.m. to noon, includes a fundraising walk around the 80-acre Exploration Park and other fun activities at the best-selling Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community in southwestern Las Vegas. Organizers hope to raise $40,000 for research and to increase awareness about these incurable diseases.
Espinosa, the annual event’s Honored Hero, is being recognized for inspiring others with digestive diseases or irritable bowel disease.
“Aiden exemplifies the courage and strength it takes to fight Crohn’s disease, having been diagnosed with it at such a young age. He continues to make remarkable progress while waiting for a cure to be developed,” said Kimberly Gradisher, community development manager for the nonprofit association’s Las Vegas chapter. “Aiden has kept his bright outlook on life in spite of all he has been through. He truly is our hero and shows us why Take Steps is so important in raising money to find a cure for him and others who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.”
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which afflicts 1 in 200 Americans, affect the digestive tract. Sufferers are left uncomfortable and embarrassed about their symptoms, which may include persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, rectal bleeding, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and urgency to defecate.
Race day check-in is at 8 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. Activities run 8 a.m. to noon. For more information or individual or team registration, visit: www.cctakesteps.org/lasvegas or www.facebook.com/takestepslasvegas.
The event is free to attend. No registration fee is required to walk, but a $25 per person donation is encouraged. Registered team members and attendees who donate will receive a wristband for free food and other refreshments. Registration includes the walk, breakfast, prizes, live entertainment, raffle and kid’s activities, including face painting and cotton candy.
Beyond Take Steps activities, the 80-acre Exploration Park offers a water play area, outdoor amphitheater and replicas of an Old Western town. Its signature feature is the 2,846-foot-tall Exploration Peak, a fully restored natural mountain park where people can walk, jog and bike to the top on different trails to see panoramic views of the entire Las Vegas Valley. The park is at 9600 S. Buffalo Drive.
Take Steps for Crohn’s &Colitis sponsors are the Crohn’s &Colitis Foundation of America, Mountain’s Edge, Dignity Health, Sigma Tau Pharmaceuticals, UBS, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Abbvie and Actavis.
After the event, attendees are invited to drive around Mountain’s Edge.
DR Horton’s newest models are now available in its Denali neighborhood, and Ryland Homes is preselling at two of its three Mountain’s Edge communities with special incentives available.
To learn about Mountain’s Edge, visit the information center at 9725 S. Buffalo Drive, call 702-898-5777 or visit www.mountainsedge.com.