Todd Smiley - IM Canada 2021 with Team Challenge
Hello and Welcome to my 2021 Team Challenge Ironman for Crohn's & Colitis,
We all know Covid-19 made 2020 a year most people want to forget. Our normal way of life was turned upside down with business closures, event cancellations, quarantining and facemasks. Another sector that took a hit were the organizations that depend on fundraising to maintain operations. I had registered for Ironman Canada 2020 as a returning participant with Team Challenge and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and then Covid-19 shut things down.
It is 2021, vaccinations are going into arms, and some bans are being lifted. I’m remaining cautiously optimistic that IM Canada will be held. I’m training and fundraising for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and those affected by this disease and IBD. Ironman is organizing and planning the race. The citizens of Penticton (British Columbia) are also getting ready to host and cheer on the race participants. However, we don’t know if it will actually take place.
All the planning and we don’t know what will happen. This uncertainty is something we must deal with but nothing like the daily planning challenges those affected with Crohn’s and Colitis must manage. It’s a horrible disease that flairs up and disrupts plans without notice. It’s a disease without a cure. It’s a disease affecting people you know even though you may not be aware of it because who wants to share, they have gut / bowel issues. I personally know people with IBD and I’m doing my part to help by fundraising for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Can I count on your donation? No amount is too small and every cent helps provide support and develop a cure.
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.
I will venture a guess that you know people that are affected by IBD. 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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