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I have decided to once again make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
On August 30, 2020, I will participate in Ironman Canada. That is 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running. Gulp.
I last did this race in August of 2011 and it was my last Ironman. In the intervening years, much has happened including my sister having a relapse in her ulcerative colitis and my running parther Jerry having surgery to remove part of his intenstines due to Crohns. Another friend with UC has a brain aneurysm and has been in the hospital and rehab for almost two years.
In 2016 I decided to do my part to find a cure for these horrible diseases and have been fundraising for Team Challenge ever since!
We have made some good progress during that time but we still don't have a cure. In the meantime, recent research has shown the number of people affected by IBDs is growing. It's around 2.8 million in the US and 5.6 world-wide.
2018 was also not a banner year for me with regards to working out. But 2019 has been about rebuilding and [knock wood] so far, so good. Good enough that I am ready to take on Ironman again.
This will be a big undertaking and, to be honest, I'm a little bit scared. But it will all be worth it in the end. I will use your donations to motivate me to the finish and CCFA will use them to help us get closer to the cure.
Won’t you please consider a donation today?
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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