26.2 for Cures!
On November 1st, I will run 26.2 miles in the 50th anniversary of the NYC Marathon, to raise awareness and funds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Many of you have heard me say that I do not enjoy running, BUT you also know that I would do just about anything to support the IBD community. After hiking the Grand Canyon in 2019 and raising over $26,000 thanks to you, I am determined to raise $27,500 to help patients around the world with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I need your help to achieve this goal.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 12. I did my best to survive those already awkward teen years with the added challenge of an intestinal bowel disease and going through 2 major intestinal surgeries. I was in denial for most of my college years, until I landed in the hospital for emergency surgery. And finally, in my 20's, after 2 more minor surgeries, I became empowered to DO something about this. My life changed the day I became involved with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, as I finally felt like I had gained a sense of control and was working in a positive direction to make a difference.
Thanks to a Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Patient Education Day, I met my current gastroenterologist, who sailed me through my last surgery 10 years ago. My Crohn's did become active again as I struggled to find the treatment that would work for me- but in the last 2 years, I have finally responded to one of the new medications, and my gut is healthier than it has been in a very long time. I am so thankful, but I remember what life was like for the almost 35 years prior, and know that it is likely I will be back there again. I also know that there are many other patients out there who are still on the journey to find their "right" medication. I am running for each and every one of them.
I am incredibly proud and thankful to say that I work full-time for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation as a Director of National Advancement and Volunteer Engagement. The work of this Foundation is vital and we make exciting advancements every day with the help of the wonderful scientists and researchers we support.
So... please join my efforts to find a cure today by making a donation- and come to cheer me on in NYC on November 1st! THANK YOU!
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis:
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects almost 1 in 100 people, or 3.1 million Americans. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation:
The Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD.
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