New England Chapter

72 River Park Street
Suite 202

Needham, Massachusetts, 02494
Phone: (781) 449.0324
Fax: (781) 465.7273

Welcome to the New England Chapter!  We serve Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Advocacy Alert: Massachusetts lawmakers are considering important legislation that would limit an insurance company’s ability to override doctors’ orders and we would like you to help us take action on it- this week!  The bill has made it over three major hurdles, but still needs to clear a few more becoming law and time is running out.

The bill - H791 - would address an insurance aspect referred to as “step therapy.”  Many IBD patients are subject to step therapy, by which their insurance providers will not cover a doctor’s recommended drug until the patient has tried cheaper alternative drugs, and those drugs have failed.

We strongly urge you to take action and call the House Ways and Means Chairman, Brian Dempsey. Then, ask your friends, family, and other supporters of CCFA to do the same.

Chairman Dempsey’s phone number at the State House:  (617) 722-2990

What to say:

When calling the committee, be sure to mention:

a.      Your name

b.      Your home town

c.      Your connection to IBD

d.      Request that the House Ways and Means Committee favorably report out bill H791 in time to pass the bill before July 31st.


Check out our New England Support Groups! Info for each group can be found in the Support Group tab on the left-side menu of this page.

If you have an ostomy and are seeking support, you might consider attending an MGH Ostomy Support Group Meeting as well. This group is not affiliated with CCFA or the CCFA Boston Support Group which also meets at MGH.

Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group
Date: Meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Wang Building, Suite 455 Surgical Clinic conference room

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor for others with IBD? Are you looking to receive one on one support from a trained mentor? Then contact to find out how to get involved in our Power of Two Program!


Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is a family-friendly community walk dedicated to raising awareness and mission-critical funds for cures for digestive diseases. In the past five years alone, we succeeded in bringing together more than 240,000 people and raised more than $60 million to help further CCFA's mission. More than 80 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation. Our Take Steps walks offer a wonderful day for family, friends, and the IBD community to celebrate. These festivals are filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, and wonderful exposure for our corporate partners.


Take Steps Maine and Boston are now behind us, and we couldn't be more grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity. Thank you so much to everyone who took part in these fantastic events, it was sincerely inspiring.


Fall is just around the corner and that means it's the perfect time to sign up for our back-to-back Take Steps Rhode Island and Take Steps Western MA charity walks.

The Western Massachusetts walk will take place on October 15, 2016 at Stanley Park in Westfield. Sign up now or contact Jess Gale for more information.

The Rhode Island walk will take place on October 16, 2016 at Roger Williams Park. Sign up now or contact Stacey Kokoros for more information.

Take Steps would like to thank our generous National Platinum Sponsor:



A Touch of Football 2016

Calling all Patriots Fans! CCFA is now recruiting teams to play on the field at Gillette Stadium. On Sunday September 25, over 20 teams of CCFA supporters will compete on the field in a 7 vs. 7 flag football tournament. Start your own team today!

Fete of Food & Wine

A unique and unforgettable night! The Fete of Food & Wine will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston on Friday November, 11, 2016. The evening brings together elegance, luxurious food, and wine pairings. Join us for dancing, live and silent auctions, and decadent desserts.

The Fete of Food & Wine is presented by the Fete Host Committee, led by Co-Chairs Judi & Joey Karas, and Judi & Ed Walk. The evening will honor two distinguished leaders in IBD.

Email to learn more about our special events.


Team Challenge is an endurance training and fundraising program unlike any other. It’s a unique opportunity to change your life and the lives of others. After our customized training program, you will have forged new friendships and accomplished things you never thought possible. No matter what your fitness level, you will train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds to help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Team Challenge New England is proud to debut two new programs in 2016:

spin4 is an indoor cycling event, making it's Boston premier on October 31, 2016.

Race in Orange lets you take the Team Challenge experience to any competition. Cross the finish line today in support of finding a cure for Crohn's and colitis. Want to learn more? Contact Jennifer Muschinske, New England Endurance Manager.



Other ways to connect with us:


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Join a walk for Crohn's & Colitis.
Register for a walk near you!

Get Fit, Make Friends, Change Lives!

Team Challenge Endurance Training Program

  • Half Marathon
  • Triathlon

Run or walk a half marathon, train for a triathlon, or ride in a great cycling event at one our amazing destination races while raising vital funds for research. Join Team Challenge today!