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Chronic digestive diseases are getting more attention these days as sufferers push for a cure.  This weekend people in our area joined in the 6th annual Take Steps Erie, a festival and walk to raise crucial research dollars in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Take Steps Erie is also a chance to raise awareness about a lesser known but very difficult disease.  This year's honored hero is Stephanie Patterson, a 25-year old Gannon senior, who started experiencing symptoms of ulcerative colitis in 9th grade.

"I've been suffering from this for ten years, so I know what it's like to be a young person with this disease and it's great that they're going to raise so much money for research to help treat these diseases," said Patterson.

Organizers expected to raise about 35-thousand dollars today.  They say the diseases usually strike people from age 15 to 35, but increasingly, even children are developing these illnesses.

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