Every week will recognize a special young athlete, both here and on social media, battling IBD and refusing to let their disease hold them back from reaching their goals both on and off the field/court.

Have an athlete that you would like to nominate for Teammate of the Week?
Send us an email with a brief story and photos to!



Our first Teammate of the Week for 2019 is Kyle, a high school sophomore
who was nominated by his mother Erin.

Kyle is active in lacrosse, and his team has won back to back championships
during 2 undefeated seasons! The journey has not always been easy for
Kyle – he has faced significant weight loss, reactions to multiple
medications, resection surgery, and more. In spite of all the setbacks, Kyle
stays resilient and is happy to be back to playing the game he loves and
fighting hard for his teammates!

Way to go, Kyle!! 



AVC Teammate of the Week is Anthony from Las Vegas!

Anthony was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 4 and has a passion for martial arts.
He is also a straight A student and hopes to become a college professor.
When asked about the effects of his disease, Anthony says that the adversity
“has made me stronger, more resilient, able to handle stressful circumstances,
and more able to cope during difficult times.”

Great job, Anthony!! 🥋 🏆



AVC Teammate of the Week is Joshua from Ohio!

Lovingly known as “The Colitis Fighter,” Joshua is 6 years old and was
diagnosed with IBD one year ago. He’s had a tough year: colonoscopy and
endoscopy to diagnose IBD, oral surgery, infusions every 8 weeks, sick with
2 ear infections, strep throat, mono, and 30 days missed of kindergarten.

Despite all of these setbacks, Josh is always so positive! Even while he’s
fighting his own battles, he maintains a spirit of compassion towards
others. Every time he visits the hospital, he brings something to leave for
other patients so he can spread joy to others.

Way to go, Joshua!! 💜🏀



A very special AVC Teammate of the Week is Hunter Moran.

We were honored to meet Hunter and his family to award him with the 2018
Athletes vs. Crohn’s and Colitis Scholarship Award! Hunter is a standout volleyball player
and was diagnosed with Crohn’s at age 13. Hunter’s journey to success has been
a difficult one – stunted growth, rapid weight loss, multiple surgeries, long hospital
stays – but his positive attitude and resilient spirit have driven him to the top of his class
both on and off the court. As a senior, he is an honors student and captain for his state championship team.

We are SO proud of Hunter and thrilled to have him as a member of the AVC family!



AVC Teammate of the Week is Bella Grace from Texas, who is 13 years old
and was diagnosed with Crohn’s in December of 2016.

Bella loves softball and has been playing since she was 3 years old. She also plays basketball
and flag football for her school. Bella is active in her local pediatric IBD support group, and enjoys going to the
meetings and being around kids like her. Her journey with Crohn’s hasn’t been easy, visiting many doctors,
lots of testing, and following a strict diet, but she is now in remission and works hard every day to stay that way!
Awesome job, Bella!! 🥎💜



Jonas of Canton, Ohio, is 13 years old and was nominated by his mom Elizabeth.

Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 9, Jonas plays soccer at one of the highest levels in the nation and he
have traveled all over the country for games and showcases. He also enjoys basketball, running track,
swimming and golf. When he’s not playing sports, studying for school as a straight A student, or helping his
mom in the kitchen (Jonas and his family have adopted the SCD diet, which avoids any processed foods,
starches, carbs, and sugar,) chance is he’s playing Fortnite!

Great job, Jonas!! 🤩🏅 ⚽



AVC Teammate of the Week is Jared from New York!

Jared was nominated by his mom Stephanie and was diagnosed with Crohn’s in August of 2017 at age 11.
He had spent all summer away at camp, and when he came home after 7 weeks, he looked unhealthy
and continued to be sick. With the help of pediatricians, Jared was diagnosed quickly and immediately started
Remicade. When he came home from camp, he was 4’7’’ and weighed 68 pounds. At his last check up, he
was 4’11’’ and 95 pounds! Jared is back to playing ice hockey and is feeling like a brand new kid.

Great job, Jared!!👏 🏒



Julia Smith of Minneapolis is our first honoree:

We are thrilled to shout out Julia Smith of Minneapolis, who was nominated by her mother Barb. Despite being
diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Julia still shines as captain of her high school dance team and is an honor student.
After graduation, she plans to go to college and major in pre-med to become a pediatric GI.

Way to go, Julia!! 💜