Local Heroes

Take Steps Honored Heroes represent the Crohn's disease & ulcerative colitis warriors living in our community. 

Meet Emily and Madeline Rosen our 2018 Patient Advocates:

Rosen GirlsOur Dad has had Crohn's Disease for our entire lives. We have watched him suffer and push through some very difficult times, always trying to make our lives as normal and carefree as possible. While we admire how our Dad is able to work and to have a relatively typical lifestyle we see the challenges that he faces each day and how he often suffers in pain and discomfort for months at a time.

We are trying to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation to not only hopefully one day find a cure for this horrific disease, but also to develop new medications that offer a better quality of life for people unfortunate enough to suffer with Crohn's and Colitis.

Join us on May 6, 2018 at Belmont Lake State Park for the Walk. We would like to ask you to donate to this important cause which means so much to my family. Any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Register today walk on on team, The Crohsents at: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/thecrohsens

Meet Dr. Benjamin Sahn our 2018 Medical Honoree:


Dr. Benjamin Sahn is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), Northwell Health and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra / Northwell.  He received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and completed both pediatric residency and     pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  dr sahnHe is a core member of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at CCMC, actively involved in both clinical activities and as a co-investigator in several ongoing research studies.  In addition, Dr. Sahn currently oversees the gastroenterology program for the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center at CCMC and has recently served several years on the Endoscopy & Procedures Committee for the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN).

Dr. Sahn is a committed member of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation who believes strongly in the Foundation’s mission and the ‘Take Steps’ initiative.  He believes participating in the Take Steps events helps build integral relationships between himself, his patients, and the IBD community through shared experiences that cannot be replicated in the clinical office setting. The Take Steps events promote a relaxed atmosphere to build camaraderie between friends, colleagues, and patients.  It is a great opportunity for medical professionals to see our patients when they are feeling their best and in their natural environment rather than only as ‘patients’ in the office.  Additionally, and just as importantly, he has seen many IBD patients and families connect through The Walk events in the spring and fall, creating new friendships that carry forward an optimistic view of the future for those coping with and managing, a chronic disease. 

Register today walk on Dr. Sahn’s team at: http://online.ccfa.org/goto/pediatricibd2018 

Create your own team at: www.cctakesteps.org/longisland2018

Meet Shari Kleinman our 2018 Adult Honored Hero: 

My name is Shari Kleinman.  I am humbled and excited to be chosen as this year's Honored Hero.  I have been a proud supporter of the Long Island Chapter's Walk Program for the past 17 years and I openly share my story to help raise awareness. My diagnosis came quick and Shari Kleinmanfast. Just out of college I was experiencing abdominal pains and bloody stools. I was fortunate that my Mom was working for a gastro doctor and knew I should go see him right away. After the usual tests of x-rays and scoping it was confirmed I happen to have Crohn's disease. My doctor put me on a regimen of pills that I knew I would have to take forever.

Although I am now feeling great and in remission, I am still left with some uncertainties about my IBD.  I am so thankful for the people in my life today who stayed with me and helped me through my toughest times and for CCF. I have begun to share my story through Facebook live feeds so look for me! I will not stop until there is a cure. I ask you to join my team Shari's Crohnie’s on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Click here to read Shari's full story

Click here to support Shari's fundraising effort to raise $10,000!

Meet Rich Schaffer, Supervisor of the Town of Babylon our 2018 Honorary Chairman: 

Rich Schaffer

Rich Schaffer serves as Supervisor for the Town of Babylon, a post he was most recently elected to in November 2013. He previously served 5 terms as Supervisor from 1992 to 2001, and was appointed to the position by the Babylon Town Board in a unanimous vote in January of 2012.

In his current tenure as Supervisor, Rich’s top priorities are protecting taxpayers and overseeing an efficient and productive government. He has been committed to several important long-term initiatives that include economic revitalization, parks and recreation facility improvements, and the groundbreaking environmental program, Long Island Green Homes. Following Superstorm Sandy, Rich has made it his top priority to assist, guide and advocate on behalf of every resident in recovery. Through an extensive outreach effort, the Town of Babylon continues to work with each resident on their individual needs.

Rich is a homeowner in North Babylon and has served as Chairman of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee since September 2000.

“Join me and the Town of Babylon in welcoming the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to Belmont Lake State Park. Please consider joining my team or creating your own. I look forward to seeing you on walk day!”

RICH SCHAFFER, Supervisor, Town of Babylon



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