Meet the 2022 Honored Heroes

Honored Heroes are ambassadors for Take Steps and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation as a whole. As patients and healthcare professionals, they are the voice and face, the heart and soul of our walks. Honored Heroes are nominated annually and help raise awareness of IBD through their promotions and fundraising for Take Steps in their local community. They are dedicated to publicly sharing their story and providing a strong example of progress we are making in the fight against IBD. Their commitment to increasing awareness and revenue by engaging their community, family and friends is truly inspiring.


Audrey Brickhouse

Pediatric Honored Hero

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Audrey Brickhouse, a 13 year old from Reading, MA, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in January 2021. At 12 years old, Audrey opened up about up about her diagnosis and gathered friends and family members to join her team, Big Steps Little Feet, for her first Greater Boston Take Steps Road Rally.

Throughout Audrey's diagnosis, she has found comfort through researching Crohn's disease treatment and nutrition options on the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's website. Audrey is excited to participate in her second Greater Boston Take Steps as the 2022 Pediatric Honored Hero!

What have you gained from participating in Take Steps?

"I have gained confidence and pride gathering friends to join my team and sharing my story"

What is your advice to other IBD patients?

"It’s not as scary and overwhelming as I thought. Researching everything made it less scary."

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James Mitcheson

Young Adult Honored Hero
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James Mitcheson, our 2022 Young Adult Honored Hero, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 12 and shortly after formed his team, G.I. James. Now 15, James enjoys playing video games and skiing, and is looking forward to Greater Boston Take Steps on June 11!


What is your favorite part about Take Steps?

"Getting together with my family and friends, raising awareness about IBD and funds towards a cure - and making it a bit of a celebration!"

What is your advice to other IBD patients?

"Be patient! Talk to your doctors and do your research to find a treatment that is right for you."

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Nikki Torday

Adult Honored Hero
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Nikki Torday, a native of Brighton, MA, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 20 years ago. Nikki has spent the last 10 years volunteering and fundraising with the New England Chapter through Take Steps, Team Challenge, the Young Professionals Committee, and spin4 crohn's & colitis cures. In addition to serving as a co-captain for the Young Professionals team, Nikki is excited to be the 2022 Greater Boston Take Steps Adult Honored Hero!

Why does being an Honored Hero mean a lot to you?

"I want to inspire others to get involved and help fundraise for this fantastic organization"

What are your words of wisdom to people who are just beginning their IBD journey?

"It does get better. I believe part of the reason I am healthier is that I don’t let this disease get me down"

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Gail Gregg, NP

Healthcare Professional Honored Hero

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