Staff from the center with family and friends

On June 3, the Brigham Crohn’s and Colitis Center participated in the Greater Boston Take Steps Walk at North Point Park in Boston to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF). This walk raises awareness, funds research and shows those impacted by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis — collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD — that they are not alone.

“Each year, we organize a team to represent the Brigham’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center and help raise much-needed funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation,” explained Matthew Hamilton, MD, director of IBD Fellowship and Education at the center. “Most importantly, we want to let our patients know that we support them on their journey through a difficult, and oftentimes isolating, disease.”

Theresa Traskos, BSN, RN, shared that the center’s staff are closely connected to CCF.

“The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is a great resource for our patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as well as for caregivers and professionals,” she said. “They are dedicated to improving quality of life for children and adults affected by IBD.”

Brigham Crohn’s and Colitis Center has participated in the CCF Greater Boston Take Steps Walk for the last eight years.

“We try to get our clinic involved as much as possible since this is a cause near and dear to our hearts,” explained Traskos, who co-leads the effort each year with Hamilton. “We are invested in finding new treatments, and ultimately, a cure.”

Jeanette Cote, MSN, RN, who also works in the center, said that the team puts up posters in the clinic to help spread the word.

“Everyone is invited, and we let our patients know that we’re doing this walk to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation,” she said.

They strive to continue expanding their team and invite patients and families to participate in the walk, as well.

“Our goal is to continue to grow the team each year, and several of our patients and their families have now joined our team,” added Hamilton.

Beyond raising funds, the walk unites its participants.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our colleagues together for the day, including the physicians, nurses, practice and medical assistants and research team,” said Hamilton.

Cote echoed Hamilton’s words, adding that the team works well together both in and out of the clinic to support their patients.

“We all come together as a team for our patients,” she said. “Walking together gives us a chance to connect and learn more about each other and our families.”

A few years ago, the clinic held a contest to come up with a team name, and BWH Bowl Patrol won. BWH Bowl Patrol raised $1,350 this year alone and hopes to raise more next year.

Learn more about the Brigham Crohn’s and Colitis Center and the Greater Boston Take Steps Walk.