Why We Walk

The Path to a Cure for Pediatric IBD

Faster diagnosis. Improved treatments. Revolutionary research. These breakthroughs in care and knowledge about pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are creating new hope for children who have this painful and often debilitating disease.

You can join the hundreds of families who participate in Walk for Hope, hosted by the IBD Family Research Council, to raise funds that support IBD patient care, treatment and research at CHOP. Every dollar donated benefits children in our community and around the world.

Inflammatory bowel disease — which refers to both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — is the fastest-growing autoimmune disorder in children younger than 5. Each year, the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at CHOP treats more than 1,700 young patients who suffer from abdominal pain, intestinal inflammation and other symptoms.

The past few years have produced an explosion of knowledge about the genetics of IBD and expanded treatment options. Today, expert gastroenterologists, geneticists and researchers work together to evaluate each child’s DNA and microbiome with the goal of developing true personalized medicine.

But there’s more work to be done. The IBD team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is working to standardize genetic and microbiome testing, partnering with others to develop new therapies for IBD, and determining how best to share the knowledge with the world.

Please join us in our journey toward a cure for IBD for all children.

Our Partners: IBD Family Research Council

ibd-frc-logo-255x142The IBD Family Research Council (FRC) is a volunteer organization of families whose children have been cared for at the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at CHOP. Organized in 2006, the group is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with IBD and is committed to raising funds for research. Launched by the FRC in 2009, the Walk for Hope has become the group’s annual fundraising event. It is the only major event in the greater Philadelphia area directly supporting pediatric IBD research.