Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Signs and symptoms often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss, and possible bowel obstruction. Other complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and tiredness. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. It results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body's immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract possibly directed at microbial antigens.
5-year-old Bailey Dickson donating hair for 8-year-old friend Jillian Butte with brain and spine cancer
Jillian Butte has spent almost half her life battling a cancer that affects the brain and spine.
“Jill was our flower girl and Bailey’s older brother was our ring bearer," said family friend Rachel Blevins. "So, they got to go through rehearsal dinner together and they got to spend a lot of time together getting to know each other”
Blevins is talking about 5-year-old Bailey Dickson and her friend 8-year-old Jillian Butte. But for the past three years, Jillian’s life has been made difficult because of ependymoma.