Kim Cusack was just ten-years-old when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s. In the seventeen years since, she has endured several operations, a host of medical therapies, different diets and numerous treatment plans.
And while the search for a solution to her condition has taken many different paths, Cusack’s unwavering commitment to help others like her has remained a firm goal.
The 27-year-old Sommerville native is a student at Quincy College and plans to enter its nursing program with the intent of working with kids who have Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
“I want to do what I can to make children who are suffering from Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis feel better. I want to make a difference, even if that means simply holding their hands when they need it,” said Cusack.
She still remembers fondly her first nurse, Donna, who really made her feel special and cared for. “I want to do that for others,” said Cusack.
Currently working as a nursing assistant at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Cusack’s dedication to helping others with Crohn’s does not stop with her career choice. Her after-hours time is also dedicated to the cause.
Cusack will walk in the June 7 “Take Steps for Crohn’s disease and Colitis Walk.” In the five years her team, the “Super Poopers,” have been walking, they have raised thousands of dollars to help fight against bowel diseases. This year, she is also part of the committee that organizes the walk.
Cusack says it all goes back to her pledge to help other people who have Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
“The walk is a great experience. You get to see other people dealing with these diseases. You feel very welcome and part of something bigger. It can be a life-changer,” she said. “I’m proud to be a part of that.”
Cusack will join 1,200 other walkers on Saturday, June 7 for the “Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walk.” The walk, now in it’s sixth year, is on track to raise over $350,000.