Local Heroes

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


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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