Todd Smiley - IM Canada with Team Challenge
It's hard to believe it's been almost six years since my initial participation with Team Challenge (IM Chattanooga 2014). For one of my 2020 events, I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and join Team Challenge once again in their fundraising efforts. On August 30, 2020, I will participate in the Ironman Canada. This will be a big undertaking, 140.6 challenging miles (both mentally and physically) in British Columbia, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will 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. Anybody watching TV these days sees the ads. IBD is 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.
Back during my 2014 fundraising campaign, I was amazed at how many people I personally knew were impacted (either directly or indirectly) by IBD. I'd venture a guess that you know people that are affected by IBD as well. By joining Team Challenge, I've also committed to raising a minimum of $5,000. I hope I can count on your donations to help me reach my goal.
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