It is often a hidden illness, but is becoming more common.
The University of Maryland Medical Center says Crohn’s disease affects thousands of people in the United States. It is an illness that causes inflammation of the intestinal tract, triggering severe pain.
On Saturday, the community showed up for a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s in Grandville to support Whinty Pelton, 17, a local teen who was diagnosed with this disease just three years ago.
“She actually missed out on two summers, she missed out on her whole tenth grade year of school because of this disease,” says Whitny’s mom, Erica Pelton. “It’s just painful, it’s in and out of the hospital, … we just need a treatment that’s gonna (give her) a regular life.”
Dozens of supporters paid $7 for breakfast, and organizers say $5 goes to fight Crohn’s disease.
“I have a lot of great friends, great family, and we have a great community that wants to support this cause,” says Pelton. “A lot of people have connections and know what a painful horrible disease this is and they want to help.”