8-Year-Old Graham Wilson is an Honored Hero in the Take Steps: Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis
Step by Step for a Cure
Graham’s Wilson’s favorite subject is math, though he loves everything about second grade at Del Sur Elementary. He’s an active eight-year-old, playing baseball, soccer, and basketball. His love for being at school stems from his months of missing it, beginning in kindergarten when he suffered from tummy aches and fever.
Two years ago Graham was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. He needs weekly injections and medicines to counter the symptoms. His mom, Sarah, reflected that, “This news was hard to hear, but we knew we needed to get active to fight this disease and help find a cure for our son.”
The Wilsons moved to Del Sur two years ago. Brian Wilson, a San Diego native, runs the Charger’s radio broadcast. He and Sarah, originally from Northern California, met when they attended SDSU. Their three children include Graham’s younger siblings, Janie and Easton.
Benefit:Take Steps: Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis
When: May 16 at 5 p.m. at the NTC Park at Liberty Station
Join: “Graham’s Crohnies” Team at online.ccfa.org/goto/grahamscrohnies2015
“We are an active family and we love to be outside,” added Sarah. “We could be in Big Bear one day and the beach the next!” Being outdoors and actively working for a cure for Crohn’s came as an inspiration last year during one of Graham’s hospitalizations. “Several teachers at Del Sur created a team for the Take Steps: Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis to show their support for Graham and our family,” revealed Sarah. “That is how the team ‘Graham’s Crohnies’ was born. We realized that this was our way to help bring awareness and ultimately a cure for Crohn’s Disease.”
This year’s walk is on May 16. Graham was selected one of the “Honored Heroes” by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. All the funds generated by Graham’s Crohnies directly benefits research. “I want to help other people who have what I have, especially kids,” said Graham. “My wish is to find a cure by the time I’m 16.”
Graham invites everyone to join the walk. The Wilson’s are grateful for the continued support they’ve received. “We realize when life gives you an obstacle, instead of stopping and sitting down, you have to overcome it and move past it,” added Sarah. A walk for a cure is a positive way to keep moving forward. Step by step.
Name: Graham Wilson
School: Del Sur Elementary School
Community: Del Sur since 2013
Hobbies: Baseball, soccer, basketball
Favorite Local Spots: 4S Sports Park, Frozen Ropes, Flippin Pizza, neighborhood parks and pools, Sweet Things