Adam Krostich is a healthy, thriving 11 year-old boy who is fortunate enough to currently be in remission with his inflammatory bowel disease. Luckily, if you asked Adam today what it feels like to be sick from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis he would not be able to tell you. He could instead tell you everything you wanted to know about Legos, Harry Potter, Minecraft, and Pokemon.
Adam was only 14 months old when his mother, a pediatric nurse practitioner, noticed the signs while changing his diapers. A visit to a pediatric gastroenterologist in Cleveland, Ohio in 2005 revealed what his mother suspected – that Adam had IBD at the age of 27 months. Never hospitalized, the hardest challenge of his illness was weaning him off steroids – eventually successful after a few tries with remission just before he was 5.
When Adam was diagnosed, his mother was no stranger to IBD. It has been a part of her life since her younger brother Michael was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 9. She sat by his bedside through many hospital stays and can remember clearly the days of prednisone and TPN and IV pumps at home for many years. Michael’s road has not been as easy as it has for Adam. He has had multiple surgeries and has been in and out of remission for years. Sadly enough, Adam’s aunts Lisa and Rachel also became hit with Ulcerative Colitis as young adults.
Adam, along with his aunts and uncle, can be seen as a hero in the eyes of Adam’s mother Amy. She knew what to do right away when she also found herself faced with familiar IBD symptoms in 2008 when she was 6 weeks pregnant with Adam’s younger brother. Amy was diagnosed first with Ulcerative Colitis and then it was later confirmed to be Crohn’s disease after a challenging pregnancy.
Surprisingly, Adam’s father Seth was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last year while undergoing tests for a long-standing history of GERD and other symptoms that were all-too familiar to this family.
Adam, his parents, and siblings first got involved with CCFA in 2009 by participating in the Take Steps Walk in Cleveland, Ohio. Last year he walked again in Take Steps in West Palm Beach with his parents, siblings, grandparents, aunt and cousins. The family is walking again in this year’s Take Steps event as well. His family is excited to raise funds that help find a cure that will keep Adam, along with his brother and sister healthy in the years to come.
Adam’s mother Amy and his aunt Rachel have been inspired to run for him and the whole family and race in the Palm Beaches Team Challenge Half Marathon this year. Adam is excited to cheer for them and the entire Team this fall and winter as they reach personal goals and raise money for CCFA research, education and the great things they do for children, such as Camp Oasis.
John Caruso was a typical, active 8 year old who loved soccer and playing with his friends. Little did he or his mother, Denise, know the challenge that was about to face them. Following a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, John and his family soon learned about the pervasive nature, and devastating effects of gastrointestinal diseases. John’s courage through a year of medical diagnoses, testing, and the ups and downs of dealing with Crohn’s disease has been an inspiration to those who know him, and has earned him the title of “Honored Hero” Hero for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) Team Challenge South Florida.