Ashley Roberts is not afraid to talk about Crohn's disease. Instead, the young Pottstown woman is spearheading a local chapter aimed at improving the lives of those affected with the disease.
Ashley's 12-year-old brother, Matt, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2008. "With Crohn's you have to take it day by day" Ashley said, as Matt went absent from school 102 days last year. "Some days he wakes up ready to go, and others he is exhausted and symptomatic. This makes it hard for us to plan much, because everything kind of depends on Matt", said Ashley.
Crohn's disease, affects approximately 1.7 million Americans. Crohn's is linked to a genetic component which run among families. Ashley's campaign aims at fighting to cure Crohn's and Colitis.
Ashley is standing up to the disease and launching a local 'TAKE STEPS' campaign to walk for a cure. Proceeds benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America in their mission to cure and improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.
"Our team name is Matt's Gut Busters and our slogan is 'I ain't afraid of no Crohn's!'" said Ashley in her quest to break the silence of this disease. View her flyer for more information and her personal story which also affects many children and adults. "As much as he tries not to let it, Crohn's steers his life." Ashley says about her brother.
Please help Ashley in her quest to raise funds for her local chapter at Rita's in Pughtown – just South of Pottstown on Rt. 100 – on Thursday, Aug. 23rd. Be sure to mention "Matt's Gut Busters." Donation jars will be available. Ashley will also receive a percentage of all sales – but only on those whose customers mention "Matt's Gut Busters", so don't forget.
Anyone who wants to be involved or stay posted on Ashley's work can do so by searching for "Matt's Gut Busters" on Facebook and join our group.