As many as 1.5 million Americans have been suffering from chronic, painful conditions, and most don't want to talk about it.
Crohn's and Colitis are digestive diseases often diagnosed before patients reach the age of 30.
There are new treatments available and many more on the horizon, so spreading the word about Crohn's and Colitis has been important.
That's the main push behind Saturday's "Take Steps Walk" at Centennial Park.
The event also serves as an important fundraiser for the foundation's Tennessee chapter.
"People don't realize the severity of these illnesses. They are debilitating illnesses, chronic pain. They cause symptoms that people don't want to talk about," Kim Kaplan said. “It's important to raise awareness so that people are educated about what these diseases are."
Registration for the event has been scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Centennial Park bandshell with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.
NewsChannel 5’s Rhori Johnston will be emceeing the event.
For information on the walk or to register, click here.