Crohn's-and-ColitisLast weekend was the annual Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis sponsored by Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) which affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans.

At 1st Advantage Mortgage, Kristyn, Kelly and Colleen Dorney participate in the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter of the CCFA. They’ve been involved for the last five years after they found out Kristyn’s sister was diagnosed with Colitis. Prior to diagnosis, she was so weak that she could not attend her college classes or work a regular job. After her diagnosis, she looked into finding someone to talk to for help and found the CCFA. She’s been very lucky to get a lot of help and support in the last five years.

The Dorney’s at 1st Advantage Mortgage attended the annual walk last weekend in Naperville for the fifth year in a row. Each year, they gather a team of about 35 members and raise as much money and awareness as they can before the walk. They did a “cut-a-thon” the year before where members of a local hair salon donated their time to do haircuts with 100% of proceeds going to CCFA. In the past, they’ve also done a bake sale, raffles, and helped set up the tables, chairs, etc. for the walk.

The CCFA is a non-profit, volunteer organization devoted to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis as well as improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. They also offer educational programs for patients and health care professionals as well as support services to help people cope with their diagnoses. CCFA is very proud that eighty-two cents of every dollar goes directly towards research for a cure.

If you’re interested in donating, joining their team or learning more, contact Kristyn Dorney at or Colleen Dorney at