Today is world IBD day, so it is a perfect day to launch my fundraising page. My name is Hudson Goldman, I am 17 years old and a Junior at in high school. Almost two years ago, in the middle of the Covid pandemic I became extremely fatigued, had excruciating abdominal pain and lost 12 pounds in one week. I ended up spending a week in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I was in an extreme flare and was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. The amazing doctors and nurses at the hospital helped me gain back my strength as they taught me about this incurable disease that I was going to have to spend my life adapting to. It has been two years of different medications, injections and infusions, and I am still learning how to live with my condition. I give myself an injection every 6 weeks of a special biologic medication, I eat a limited special diet, exercise, and try to destress as much as I can. When I am in remission I live a pretty normal life, I love hanging with my friends, listening to music, creating art, watching movies and studying. I am in the process of researching colleges. My passion and main focus is Track and Field, I am a sprinter and I strive to run Division 1 in my events. UC has set me back tremendously from my goal, I struggle to gain weight and have had a number of flare ups, changes to my medication, and pain, but that’s not going to stop me. Sometimes it takes me a little time to get back on my feet, but I won’t give up. I set new records at my high school this track season in the 100 and 200 meter sprints. I am proud of myself for pushing through the pain and flares in my colon to continued to get faster in each race. It is very important to me to do everything I can bring awareness to IBD and help find a cure. The disease can turn your life upside down, and many children are afflicted at a much younger age than me and it so scary for them and their families. I am hoping to raise as much money as I can for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation . Finding a cure can help millions of people who have to live with this chronic illness and and so many have it worse than me. I am hoping that we will be able to live normal lives, eat what we want and have the energy to do any activities we want with out the scary, painful, unpredictably of this awful disease. Please help us by donating to our walk.
Our team is walking and raising money to support the crucial work of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Take Steps is the Foundation’s largest nationwide fundraising campaign, helping to accelerate the progress of breakthrough research and to support critical patient programs. Take Steps also brings the community together in a fun and supportive atmosphere and lets patients know they have a community who supports them.
Leaders in Research: The Foundation has invested more than $400 million in research toward cures since its inception. They remain laser-focused on reducing time to disease diagnosis and improving disease management. The Foundation continues to lead the way in critically important areas of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, and to accelerate novel therapies and innovative products that address unmet patient needs.
Empowering Patients and Caregivers: The Foundation serves millions of patients annually, and empowers both patients and caregivers through education, support, and advocacy programs. Examples include COVID-19 resources, expanded pediatric support, influencing legislation, and focusing on diversity and inclusion.
Do you know someone who is affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? Join our team and share our fundraising page to spread awareness in the community!