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. Connect with your local walk staff to nominate an Honored Hero today!

Atlantic Developers, Inc. and the Murray Family

Corporate Family Honored Hero 

Prior to December 2011 we knew very little (if anything) about Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Unfortunately, we found out the hard way when our son Aodhán was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December 2011 at the age of 7. He has had to face colonoscopies, MRI’s, and constant blood tests. We are thankful that he was diagnosed quickly and put on a course of medication. After trying several medications that did not seem to work, Aodhán began Remicade in June of 2013. Eight years later, he is still receiving Remicade intravenously every 7 weeks at an infusion center under the care of his GI from Nemours AI Dupont. He currently has no Crohn’s symptom and is feeling good although he has developed some additional auto-immune conditions.

Throughout our journey, we have had constant support from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and have taken part in Team Challenge, Take Steps, Spin4, and Camp Oasis. We found out about the Foundation when Aodhán was first diagnosed and soon after we discovered they were having a Team Challenge half marathon meeting at a running store near us. We decided we would go along to hear what they had to say. It was so wonderful to meet people who had stories like Aodhán’s and feel the immediate connection with these people. We signed up on the spot and have been hooked ever since. Our first half marathon was the Virginia Wine Country half marathon in June 2013. Since then, we have participated in more half marathons, marathons, Spin4 events, Take Steps Walks, and Guts n’ Glory 5Ks. To us, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is not just an organization, it’s a large supportive family and it has helped us tremendously on our journey.

Aodhán, is one of the 3.1 million Americans who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis which together are known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). They are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Once the disease begins, patients tend to fluctuate between periods of inactivity (remission) and activity (relapse). Approximately 20-30% of all patients with Crohn’s disease present when they are younger than 20 years. With its increasing recognition, Crohn’s disease has become one of the most important chronic diseases that affect children and adolescents. The funds you raise through Take Steps will help support patient programs, enhance professional education efforts, and propel critical research for cures. Since its inception, Take Steps has successfully connected more than 430,000 patients, families, and businesses in the community and raised more than $107 Million to impact vital treatment, research, and quality of life programs for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We hope you will support our team and help us reach our fundraising goal!

Jonathan Hoffman 

Adult Honored Hero 

Coming soon!

Gastrointestinal Associates 

Honored GI

Coming soon! 


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