Boston, Take Steps to Find a Cure!

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The Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk is one of CCFA’s largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. Our walks offer an incredible day for family, friends and the community to come together in celebration of all their hard work and dedication to our mission.

Our community consists of patients, loved ones, friends and supporters that empower and inspire each other to fight these diseases. Each year we connect with our communities as we fundraise for cures and celebrate our hard work together in supporting our patients.

To date, Take Steps has raised more than $60 million to fund mission-critical research and patient support programs. More than 80 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to funding this mission. Find a walk in your local community and join thousands of others Taking Steps for cures.

Meet your 2016 Take Steps Honored Heroes Robin Welch and Rachel & Michael Kaplan

RobinRobin, who is team captain of Chronically Optimistic, is excited to serve as your Adult Honoree this year.  Robin has had UC for the last 16 years and no matter how severe her disease was has been, she managed to keep herself positive.  One of the best medicines Robin finds is talking to others.  She believes it is important to know you are not alone and things will get better.  During a routine colonoscopy 8 years ago, doctors discovered mild dysplasia and Robin made the decision to have her colon removed.  Since her surgery, she has not looked back and has been in remission.  Just because she is in remission though, doesn't mean her work is done.  Robin wants to do everything she can to ensure that her kids and future generations see a world without IBD.


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Rachel is 10 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease a year and a half ago.  Her papa, Michael, has had UC for the past 45 years.  Both Rachel and Michael are excited to serve alongside Robin as your Honored Family.  Michael has personally been aware of the difficulties associated with IBD, but his awareness and involvment increased when Rachel was diagnosed.  It has been especially difficult to see what Rachel has gone through to get her disease under control.  Both Rachel and Michael hope that on-going research leads to more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for IBD.

CLICK HERE for more information on our 2016 Honorees 

MVP Program - Celebrating Top Performers

The Most Valuable Participant (MVP) Program has gotten a facelift! This program celebrates and rewards our top fundraising teams that are champions for cures in the community. 

$5,000 Club - In addition to pre and post walk benefits, teams who raise $5,000 - $14,999 receive:

  • Access to Club Tent for you and your team members
  • Specialty refreshments
  • Team mention on recognition banner

$15,000 Team Tent - In addition to pre and post walk benefits, teams who raise $15,000+ receive:

  • Incentives pre-packaged and ready to be picked up by team captain
  • Reserved team tent for you and your team members
  • Personalized team sign
  • Honorable mention during announcements of team from stage
  • Special identification item for event day  

Congratulations to Zayna Gold and Team Fit for a Cure for being our first MVP team of 2016!  Who is going to be next?

Top 10

Congratulations to our top 5 Walk Teams (as of 4/12/16 at 12:30PM)

1. Fit for a Cure lead by Zayna Gold - $6,150

2. UMASS Colon Crusaders lead by Carla Smith - $3,305

3. Shelby's Shleppers lead by Amy Kaufman - $3,227

4. Chronically Optomistic lead by Robin Welch - $3,165

5. The 4 C's Conquering Colitis Carr Clan lead by Dawn Carr - $2,885

A message from your Walk Manager, Stacey Kokoros:



It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016 Take Steps Boston Walk.  My name is Stacey Kokoros and I am the Walk Manager for Boston Take Steps.  I look forward to working with you throughout the campaign to reach your fundraising goals.  While we fundraise for our walk, it is important to remember that you are making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis while we work hard to find a cure for these diseases. 

We are currently seeking volunteers like you to help to make our event even better! If you or someone you know has ideas for engaging the community, enhancing Walk Day, or has a connection for an in-kind donation, please reach out to me at 





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