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Honored Hero Austin Kerr taking steps for crohns and ulcerative colitis

Honored Hero Austin Kerr taking steps for crohns and ulcerative colitis., Fifteen-year-old Austin Kerr was diagnosed two years ago with Crohn’s Disease. Now, he is walking with his family and friends in order to raise funds and awareness for this debilitating digestive disease.

On Sept. 29, Austin will be taking steps and breaking his silence at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula in order for a cure to be found.

“Austin is a great inspiration to the Crohn’s & colitis community,” said Amy Payonk. “Surprisingly, these diseases are not very well known, yet they take a tremendous toll on people’s lives.”

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.

Austin was selected as the Honored Hero for this year’s Take Steps Walk because he truly exemplifies courage, commitment, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Austin knows the struggles and challenges of living with a debilitating, unpredictable digestive disease every day. But that has not stopped him from keeping a positive outlook and persevering in his life and in pursuit of his goals. He is an inspiration to other patients who struggle to come to terms with their disease and a role model for anyone looking to make a difference in the journey to cure digestive diseases.