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    Mon, 18 Apr 2011 09:43:00

    Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Speaks Out About Digestive Diseases - He is living with Crohn's disease

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    Mike McCready, guitarist and founding member of the American rock band Pearl Jam, recently donated his time to create a radio public service announcement (PSA) series on behalf of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation to raise critical awareness for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The 60, 30 and 15 second PSAs will encourage Americans to register for one of over 130 Take Steps Walks in 2011 in communities around the country. Walkers will raise much-needed dollars for research into Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic, painful, and often debilitating digestive diseases. Collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn's and colitis afflict over 1.4 million American children and adults.

    McCready understands the ups-and-downs of living with an incurable digestive disease because he has Crohn's disease. In the PSAs, he explains the chronic and debilitating pain of Crohn's and colitis and the Foundation's mission to find a cure for these digestive diseases and improve the quality of life for patients. He goes on to urge listeners to join him to end the suffering by signing up for a Take Steps Walk.

    "I have been living with Crohn's Disease for over 24 years," said McCready. "Luckily, my disease is now under control. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many of the 1 million plus Americans suffering from IBD. I know first hand the tremendous impact CCFA's programs can have on improving Crohn's and colitis patients' lives. I encourage anyone inflicted or affected by these diseases to sign up for the Take Steps Walk program."

    The number of people with newly diagnosed IBD has exploded in recent years and there is no known cure. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has defined the field of Crohn's and colitis research for nearly a half-century, enabling the best scientists to discover better therapies and ultimately, a cure. The funds raised by the thousands of people around the country who sign-up to participate in a Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk in 2011 will help CCFA achieve this vision.

    In the past three years alone, over 100,000 Americans participated in Take Steps, raising over $20 million to help the Foundation fund research, education, and support initiatives. Visit www.cctakesteps.org today to find a Take Steps walk in your community.

    Will you educate yourself about digestive diseases and do something to help those who suffer from them? I've have had stomach ulcers and gastritis for years, so I urge you to do your part!

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.18.11




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