Please donate and help me race for a cure!
Now, I say a part of my story because although I've navigated with this for many years and the many flare ups, I am grateful to say, I am currently IN REMISSION! What a blessing because when I feel good I get to do what I love most - spending time outdoors running. It's my outlet to decompress after a long day and just have gratitude for my body. On November 7th, 2021, I will be running the 50th New York City Marathon with Team Challenge supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. This will be my fourth race with Team Challenge in running for a cure for inflammatory diseases.
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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