On June 9, 2019, the Berger and Green team participated in the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk at Pittsburgh’s North Shore Riverfront Park. This was the ninth year our law firm-sponsored or participated in the event. We also hold an office fundraiser to raise money each year. This year the team raised over $1,300 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
This is one of the favorite community events for Berger and Green employees and their families each year. In the past, we have sold popcorn, hosted hot dog lunches, and had other events to raise money for the cause in the weeks leading up to the walk.
Berger and Green Dedicate Their Efforts to Their Clients and Loved Ones Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease
For almost a decade, Berger and Green has supported the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk, both as a sponsor and as a participant. This event is important to the Berger and Green team because we represent many clients living with Crohn’s disease, colitis, or other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
We help people with this type of debilitating, incurable disease get Social Security disability benefits. We see how difficult it can be to live with these conditions, and how Crohn’s or colitis can make it impossible to work. We want to give back to these clients, acknowledging what they go through and helping support the search for a cure.
In addition, several members of the Berger and Green team have more personal connections to this cause.
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About Crohn’s and Colitis
Crohn’s disease and colitis are two types of inflammatory bowel disease, a group of conditions characterized by chronic inflammation of some part of the gastrointestinal tract. Many types of IBD, including Crohn’s and colitis, can be debilitating.
- Crohn’s Disease: Crohn’s disease causes inflammation throughout the gastrointestinal tract, causing severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms.
- Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis involves an inflammation of the lining of the large intestine. As a result, the colon can ulcerate, leaving small, open sores in the lining. Together, the inflammation and sores can cause frequent trips to the bathroom, stomach pain, and other symptoms.
As of 2019, there is no known cause of IBD and no known cure. Some effective treatments are available, but they do not work for every type of IBD or for every person living with one of these conditions. Many people live with periods of relative wellness marked by periods of intense symptoms and illness. Treatment goals often center on putting the patient into remission and keeping their symptoms at bay as long as possible.
As of now, scientists believe IBD occurs because of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) supports not only the people living with these conditions but also the researchers who work toward a cause and treatment for IBD.
About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
Pittsburgh’s Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk, as well as similar walks nationwide, serves as a fundraiser for the CCFA. The organization coordinates these walks in cities across America to raise awareness of the conditions, as well as to raise funds for research.
Their overarching goal is to help find cures for Crohn’s disease and colitis. Together, these diseases affect over 1.6 million Americans, many of whom live with debilitating symptoms of their chronic condition.
Berger and Green Is Proud to Support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
At Berger and Green, we are proud to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and its annual Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk in Pittsburgh. We hope to continue our support of their mission to raise awareness and discover a cure for these diseases.
Community involvement is important to the attorneys at Berger and Green, and our support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation plays a key role in that. We love Pittsburgh and we dedicate our practice to fighting for the compensation or disability benefits that people in our community need and deserve. We also support many organizations and community initiatives in and around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.