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Published September 18, 2013, 10:04 PM

Take Steps, Be Heard Walk to take place Saturday

Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - As thousands prepare for the big Bison Football game this weekend, another celebration is being planned in Southwest Fargo Saturday.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - As thousands prepare for the big Bison Football game this weekend, another celebration is being planned in Southwest Fargo Saturday.

And this one is anything but a game.

Every day in our community, there are people who wake up, living and battling a sometimes debilitating disease.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

This Saturday at Rabanus Park near Y-West, a chance to learn more about the disease and get a little exercise at a special Take Steps, Be Heard Walk. It starts at 5:00.

25-year old Brooke Johnson is outdoor and hunting enthusiast who got diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease three years ago.

Brooke Johnson, Bismarck, ND: “To me it was like a stomach ache, but it would double me over, and last a long time, it wouldn't go away.

After several, several visits to clinics and hospitals, she found relief with Fargo Physician Dr. Ari Taheri who specializes in treating Crohn's and Colitis.

Dr. Ari Tahern, Fargo Physician – Gastroenterologist: “During the period of flare up, essentially, that's the name of the game. Whenever they get the symptoms, they need to be taken care of right away.”

And for patients like Brooke, it means getting relief from infusion meds like these, since oral meds alone were not cutting it.

Johnson: “As far as I know, that's what I’ll be doing to control it for the rest of my life.”

Dr. Taheri: “Any delay would increase the chance of hospital stay, multiple surgeries, days off work, off from schools, tremendous financial burden for the patient and the health care system.

And Dr. Taheri says there is often a misconception. While these IBD patients avoid certain foods, stress and diet are not causes of the disease. And active foundation funds research annually to find new ways of treating and hopefully one day curing the Crohn's and Colitis.

And some of the most recent data indicates alarming rates of Crohn's Disease in Winnipeg. For more on the Saturday walk in Fargo, go to WDAY.com and our easy link tab.

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