Sabrina’s Taking Steps

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Sabrina’s Taking Steps

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The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as helping children and adults who suffer from these conditions. 

The Foundation is holding their annual walk to raise funds for research in Fort Worth at Trinity Park. Keller senior Sabrina Fuqa has participated in this walk for the past 10 years in hopes of providing funds to find treatment methods for her Crohn’s disease.

Fuqa was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2005 when she was only three years old, and it has affected her everyday life since. From helping her parents design the t-shirts, to spreading awareness to her classmates, Fuqa has been able to raise incredible funds to support the foundation.

“Over the years, Crohn’s disease has impacted my life in many different ways. If I’m in the hospital or sick at home, I often miss out on different events and hanging out with my friends. It’s hard when you see your friends out having fun, while you’re stuck at home feeling so sick that you can’t even move. Although Crohn’s disease has its drawbacks, I have met so many people and done so many events that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have this disease,” Fuqa said.

With her trademark flower making its appearance every year at the Take Steps walk, “Sabrina’s Crohnies” has achieved the top fundraising team out of 29 local teams in the Fort Worth Chapter of the foundation, raising a total of over $5,000. Fuqa personally holds the top spot of walkers at a grand total of almost $5,000.

“To help the cause, I sell t-shirts every year, and I send out letters regarding what has happened in the past year asking for donations to raise money,” Fuqa said.

These letters explain in depth the struggles and hardships she has faced in and out of hospitals and the variety of care she’s received. The emotional descriptions are enough to tear at anyone’s heartstrings, and the letters spread a good amount of awareness for her situation shared by thousands of others. 

Fuqa is selling her t-shirts this week and inviting classmates and families to come walk and support her next Saturday at the Take Steps walk in Trinity Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. 

Register for the walk at www.cctakesteps.org/FortWorth2019 .