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For 2019, I plan to complete 2019 Lavaman Triathlon in order to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This will be my third year training with Team Challenge. Every year I find even more reasons to keep fighting this fight.
This year, I do this in honor of my friend and fellow teammate, Shavon Collins. Shavon has struggled for years with Ulcerative Colitis and it's side effects (such as multiple pulmonary embolisms), but she doesn't let it stop her from training and racing and motivating others. We will be doing Lavaman together!
Lavaman is a 1.5k swim in the warm Pacific Ocean (no wetsuits allowed!), followed by a 40km bike (including on the Queen K which is part of the Ironman World Championship course), followed by a 10k run in hot and humid conditions. While I have done longer distances, this will be my first time racing in such humid (and probably hot) weather.
It will be a challenge to say the least. But it will all be worth it. Not just because your donations will motivate me to train and finish, but because they will help us get closer to the cure.
Won’t you please consider a donation today?
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 3 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine. There are currently no known cures for either of these diseases, only treatments.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.
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