Honored Heroes

Each year, we honor patients and advocates at our Take Steps events nationwide. These local heroes are central to the mission of the Foundation and their stories shed light on the difficult journey of IBD patients across the country experience Each honored hero works with their local chapter to spread awareness in the community through their fundraising efforts and by fearlessly sharing their story.

These are just a few of the amazing stories behind some of the 2022 Honored Heroes across the country. We will continue to feature new honorees throughout the year, so be on the lookout for your community leader!

Stephen Kalish - New York City

Stephen: Patient

I cannot wait to bring my family to the Take Steps walk this year and have them share in this honor.

Read Stephen's Story

Laura Crain - Houston

Laura: Crohn's Fighter

I chose to become a child life specialist because I wanted to help patients and families through difficult times.

Read Laura's Story

Kleffman Family - Minnesota

The Kleffman Family

We have carried each other through the challenges and fears faced when battling a chronic disease.

Read the Kleffman's Story

Nominate a local honored hero

If you or someone you love would be interested in being a local honored hero, please complete the form below.

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