Local man to assist Crohn’s, colitis group at Curve ballgame

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has selected a local man as its inspirational hero for this year’s fundraising efforts.

Schuyler Kreitz of Duncansville will assist the organization tonight with its Altoona Take Steps Kickoff event, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field, before the Altoona Curve’s 7 p.m. game with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Tickets are $6 per person with $1 from each sale going to the foundation.

Kreitz, 27, was diagnosed about 14 years ago with Crohn’s, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract that causes intermittent flare-ups. After acceptance into a treatment program, Kreitz reports being in the best health of his life.

Tonight’s kickoff is being organized in preparation for the organization’s annual walk on Sept. 28 at PNG Field. Those interested should ask at the ballpark entrance for the Take Steps representative. Information also is available at