Southgate resident Brandy Nusser is motivating the community to find cures for debilitating digestive diseases by participating in the June 18 Metro Detroit Take Steps walk for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA).
The Foundation’s Michigan chapter is based in Farmington Hills. This year’s walk starts at 9 a.m., at Meininger Park in Royal Oak.
Brandy lives with Crohn’s disease, which combined with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating digestive diseases affecting more than 1.6 million American adults and children, including an estimated 80,000 patients under the age of 18. She has had Crohn’s disease for 20 years, and was diagnosed at age 17, and her father was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as a young adult. Complications of the disease took his life.
Over the years, Brandy suffered from many aspects of this disease, undergoing surgeries that included bowel resections and a temporary ileostomy, and has taken almost every drug used to treat Crohn’s. Currently, she is in remission.
Brandy’s hope is “to find a cure so that my children don’t have to worry about Crohn’s disease.”
In addition to funding research to find a cure and new treatments, Brandy said, CCFA provides a “community” for people and their families who are affected daily by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
“I would love for you to come out and join my team Rubber Soles. If you can’t join me, please share my story,” she said. “You are bound to reach at least one other family that has been affected by IBD. Join my family, friends and let’s Take Steps for a cure.”