Welcome to "Carlos Does The Appalachian"!
Y'all, I'm at it again! The mountains are calling, and I'm ready to take on another challenge to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. As most of you know, I have Crohn's disease and a permanent ileostomy, named Carlos. If you're new to my story, eight years ago Crohn's almost took my life. I had 20 minutes to understand what was happening before I was taken in for a lifesaving surgery. Even though I'm in remission at this time, I know with this disease it can change in the blink of an eye. It's unpredictable, it's at times incredibly scary, it's painful, and I'm only one in 3.1 million people with these diseases. And all of our stories are unique.
In May 2020 I will hike part of the Appalachian Trail for two days and summit Old Rag Mountain. As most of you know, I hiked Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon this past May, and this challenge will be nothing short of difficult. We will hike a total of 18 miles, and Old Rag Mountain is well known for being incredibly steep, narrow, and even requires climbing boulders to get to the summit. I will celebrate the fact that my body can take on great, physical challenges knowing that eight years ago challenges like this were not only impossible but it WAS possible I would never see another day. During this hike, I will also hike for those whose bodies won't allow them to do so because of these horrible diseases.
So just like hiking the Canyon, your donations will truly motivate me to push my body to the limits yet again. Every challenge I take on in the name of Crohn's and colitis is ALWAYS worth it because the funds and awareness raised in the process get us closer to a cure. So...will you please support me in this endeavor? Will you donate to better the lives of me and 3.1 million of my fellow Crohn's and colitis patients?
Thank you with my whole heart in advance,
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. 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.
The Crohn's & Colitis 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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