As the official Honored Hero for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s West Palm Beach Take Steps Walk, Harleigh Tow is a Happening Hero looking to create awareness for the disease that is not well-known to many people. Her involvement with this community event was a culmination of her brother’s diagnosis as well as her own.
It was through her own experience with the disease on a variety of levels that has kept her going. Outside of the typical digestive problems associated with Crohn’s disease, Harleigh has faced multiple other issues due to her condition. From unexplained high fevers to abscess, she has felt it all.
Harleigh says that “even through all of these horrible events in [her] life, it most definitely made [her] stronger as a person today, and made [her] realize that you shouldn’t sweat the little things in life. ”
As for the walk itself, it is CCFA’s national evening walk and celebration. It is the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases such as Crohn’s. While it is considered a 2-3 mile stroll, all the donations made will help support local patient programs as well as important research projects.
Taking place at CityPlace starting at 3:00pm, this event is a show of unified front for those who struggle with their digestive illness. This includes spreading the word on these diseases and have all people get a better understanding. The night will have music, food, kids activities, and entertainment.
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