Meet Jayesh Patel, a graduate from Michigan State University and currently enrolled in a MBA program at Wayne State University. In April, 2009 Jayesh was was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic digestive disease for which there is no cure yet. Jayesh is currently in remission and has been in remission for about a year, but according to Jayesh the disease can come back at any time and that is why on May 16th, 2010 Jayesh will be walking in the Camp Dearborn Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk, the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. This walk, in addition to raising money for research, also brings the community together in a fun and energetic atmosphere. Jayesh’s personal goal is to raise more than $5,000 for this worthy cause and he needs the community’s help to reach this goal.

Since Jayesh was diagnosed, he has taken an active role in becoming a volunteer and helping raise awareness and funds to find a cure for both these diseases (Crohn’s and Colitis) with the help of the local CCFA chapter in Farmington Hills. Crohn’s and Colitis disease state transcends many diverse cultures, genders, and ages, and Jayesh is determined to make a difference for himself and others.

More than 1.4 million adults and children across the country suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. You can make a difference. You can donate online at  Jayesh’s website http://online.ccfa.org/goto/JayeshPatel , or email Jayesh at patelja6@wayne.edu to get more info as to how you can help.