For the fifth year, Mason Wetmore, an eighth grader at Swampscott Middle School, will participate in the Take Steps Walk to raise funds to find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Mason, the son of Jill Simmons-Wetmore and Michael Wetmore, brother of Stanley School fourth grader Andrew Wetmore, and grandson of Steve and Judi Simmons of Swampscott, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in fourth grade when severe stomach aches sidelined him from all of his activities. This year, the walk will be different; on June 20, 2020, it will be a virtual walk. Instead of strolling en masse at North Point Park in Boston with other supporters, Mason’s team of family, friends, and community members will be watching online.
The Simmons and Wetmore family is appreciative of the support received by the local community. Since their involvement, Mason and his family have raised over $ 51,000 toward a cure. Mason is among the top fundraisers in the New England region for the Take Steps Walk and has been recognized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for this accomplishment. He was chosen as the Pediatric Honored Hero for 2017 and has led the entire Boston community through sharing his story both in print and in a speech given from the portico on Boston Common. Dr. Jess Kaplan from MGH for Children has described Mason as a “selfless young man with a huge heart” and says, “his impact on children with Crohn’s Disease in our area is tangible.”
It is Mason’s hope to play a part in helping to find a cure in his lifetime for all those affected by Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. If you would like to donate to Mason’s 2020 campaign for a cure, visit online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/goto/Mason2020 or contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.