Kelley & Baby K are Getting Gutsy!
I have decided to once again make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Originally, I was slated to participate in Day of the Tread in Albuquerque in October. With Baby K + COVID, that won't be happening in 2020; instead, I've joined the Get Gutsy Challenge and will Run, Bike, Swim, Skip, or Hop For Crohn's & Colitis Cures! My goal is to log as many miles as possible from August 1st to 22nd and help move Gutsy across the United States to visit all of the Foundation's chapters! All funds raised through this even will benefit patient programs that are currently at risk due to COVID-19.
This will be a big undertaking, but will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to keep moving, but they will help us get closer to the cure. If you are able, 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 ans 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 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.
About Kelley's Crohn's Journey
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2008, was hospitalized twice (2011 & 2013), and had one surgery (emergency small bowel resection, 2013). In 2016, I joined Team Challenge Triathlon, and haven't looked back. I have completed 6 triathlon events (Los Alamos Triathlon 2016, San Diego Tri Classic 2016, esprit de She 2016, Los Alamos Triathlon 2017, Tempe Tri 2017, Lake Tahoe Tri/Aquabike 2018), counless local tri club races, and most recently, the 2019 Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon. In November 2019, I was officially declared in remission (no inflammation or stricturing in my gut) for the first time since 2008. I currently take Remicade to control my Crohn's, and am praying that I don't pass this horrible disease on to Baby K.
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