Team KO (2024 Update)

Kate is 15 this year! This is the 10th anniversary of Team Kate. Kate is doing well. She is in remission and takes maintenance medication daily. Kate plays basketball at Friendship and continues to stay active.

As we prepared for the Take Steps walk in Nashville in May 2023, our hearts were anxious as we waited to have tests run on the youngest of siblings, Owen (10), who was experiencing many symptoms that lined up with Crohn’s Disease. In June 2023, all the tests came back, and as our parental gut had told us, he too was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The doctors quickly put Owen on Humira, an injection he receives every other week at home. So, these two not only share a bond, they will now share the Team name! Team Kate is now Team “KO”. We hope their story will continue to inspire others to support the mission to find a cure and “Knock Out” Crohn’s.

Our Mission

Team KO (formerly Team Kate) is raising awareness and funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to help fund research to find a cure.

In 2014, a few months after Hal Bone’s daughter, Kate, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, we created Team Kate to participate in the CCFA’s fundraiser Take Steps. The money we raise is spent on four key areas — research, patient services, advocacy, and professional education. The CCFA cannot fund the mission without the generous support of donors as they do not receive any government funding. We truly appreciate your support.

A Special Note From Kate:

Kate Bone

“Have you heard of Crohn’s? If you have, what do you think people know about it? It’s a disease that is in your intestines. My name is Kate Bone, and I have Crohn’s. I was in kindergarten when I was diagnosed with it. Even though it can be tough, I’ve learned a lot from my dad who also has Crohn’s. He taught me to not let Crohn’s stop me from doing the things I love. I especially don’t let it stop me from playing basketball!”

How can you help? You can join Team Kate to support research to find a cure for Crohn’s disease.

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage.” — Psalms 27:14

I envision a day when no one endures these devastating conditions. Together, we will make this happen.

Your friend,
Kate Bone