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.
3 year old Brayden Bateman's fight against Retinoblastoma has been a long and ardous process for him and his family. Joyce Evans shows us his journey at Children's Hospital and Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and the host of organizations helping him as he tries to conquer this deadly disease and keep his eyesight. Bill Rohrer photographer, Shane partial shoot and edit.