Local Heroes

Take Steps Honored Heroes represent the Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis warriors living in our community. They share their story of life with IBD to raise awareness and inspire others to join the fight against digestive diseases. This year we are pleased to honor local patient hero Kate Brown and our honored physician, Dr. Joseph Sellin. Enjoy their stories below!


Houston Honored Hero 2017


Kate Brown

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Hi! My name is Kate Brown, and I’m so incredibly honored and excited to be your Honored Hero this year! I’m currently 16 years old, and I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 14. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s just a month after my uncle, who had Colitis and Colorectal cancer, sadly passed away.

It’s been a rough almost three years with Crohn's. I’ve been on many medications and nothing really worked out for me. I was on Remicade for about 2 years until I had a very bad reaction and stopped breathing. Since then I have only been taking mercaptopurine but recently I started Humira and been having amazing results.

I discovered Take Steps in 2015 and did the Houston walk in 2016. I fell in love with the organization immediately. Everyone I met was so incredibly nice to me and answered every question I had about anything. Later that year I attended Camp Oasis and met even more amazing people.

My friends and family have been a big help with my disease too. Everyone around me is so supportive and understanding with it, and it's really amazing how much they support me.

Once again, I’m so excited to be your Honored Hero this year!


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Houston Honored Physician 2017


Dr. Joseph Sellin

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It's been my privilege to be associated with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation for over three decades. I have been involved in the three major goals of the Foundation: research, education and patient support. Each of them has had its own special rewards.  

Early in my career, I received a research grant from the Foundation to support my laboratory in studying the role of short chain fatty acids in the colon. I had the opportunity to serve on the National Scientific Advisory Council and the national Board of Trustees of the Foundation.

Over the years, I have been involved in both professional and patient education endeavors. I have especially enjoyed the annual patient education meetings that our chapter has put on for many years. Patient support is at the heart of the Foundation. The most rewarding and satisfying part of my work with the Foundation has been in helping patients navigate through all the challenges Crohn's disease and colitis presents to them. The Foundation has played a special role for both my patients and me.

Thank you.

Professor Joseph Sellin, MD joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical School in 1980 and was division director and fellowship director from 1990-2002. From 2003-2009, he was professor of medicine and director of the GI Fellowship and the IBD Center at UTMB-Galveston. Since 2009, Dr. Sellin has served as chief of gastroenterology at Ben Taub Hospital and director of the GI Fellowship and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

His research interests and career have included a focus on inflammatory bowel disease and he has held leadership positions in the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. He is the author of more than 100 manuscripts and book chapters. He will be retiring this spring from Baylor College of Medicine.

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and South Texas Chapter Medical Advisory Board are pleased to honor his outstanding career and service to his patients, his students, and the Foundation.

Contributions in honor of Dr. Sellin can be made to the Baylor Gastroenterology Walk Team here.

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