By Diane Ako
A local medical group is holding a first-ever walk in November, designed to raise money and awareness for a silent disease. The Hawaii chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is organizing a Take Steps Walk over the three-day weekend.
Dr. Robert Jao, president of the Hawaii chapter for more than 12 years, explains why it's so significant. "In Hawaii, due to our large population of Asian Americans and Asians, we are viewed of by drug manufacturers, researchers and research foundations as not having significant numbers of people with these two diseases and therefore very little attention, resources and research projects are offered to the people of Hawaii," says Dr. Jao.
Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon. Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body's immune system.
The walk is only two miles long so that patient can complete it with friends and families. It is on Saturday Nov. 10, 2012 from 2-6 p.m., and will have music food, face painting by the Girl Scouts, and balloon art by Dr. Mark Morisaki. To sign up, go to www.cctakesteps.org/hawaii.