Larry Kramer And His Bands To Headline Boston-area “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk.”
Financial Executive and Medfield, Mass, resident Larry Kramer spends his days servicing non-profit companies. And at night? He sings for them!
Kramer is the front man for two Boston-area bands, both of which spend most of their on-stage time at various charity gigs. The bands, Route 109 and Enabler, are comprised of local businessmen and play for causes that range from the Annual Walk for Hunger to Pediatric Cancer.
However, it is the bands’ gigs for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA) that are nearest and dearest to Kramer’s heart. Two of Kramer’s three daughters suffer from bowel diseases. His oldest, Alix, has Crohn’s and his youngest, Sonia, has colitis.
Both were diagnosed as young children and are just two of the 1.4 million Americans – many of them kids – that suffer from Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Kramer says that, while having an inflammatory bowel disease can be rough and debilitating at times, both of his girls have learned to live with their conditions…and then some.
“Alix is a college freshman, sings with her school’s only all-female a capella group and is the photo editor of her school’s magazine. Sonia, a high schooler, also performs with a local a capella group and has had the musical lead in several school plays,” he said.
That same go-to spirit drives Kramer. In just five years, his bands have raised more than $115,000 for the CCFA and other charitable organizations playing a mix of classic and contemporary rock/pop songs.
“We enjoy the win-win of making music and entertaining as a hobby while helping out some great causes,” said Kramer.
Route 109 and Enabler are headlining this year’s Boston-area “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk.” Scheduled for June 7, the walk is expected to attract 1,200 walkers and raise over $350,000.
For more information about Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the "Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk," or to make a donation to CCFA on behalf of the Kramers, please visit www.cctakesteps.org/boston.