The Trifecta Towards a Cure!!
2016 was my first Team Challenge event at Ironman 70.3 Arizona and 2018 was my second Team Challenge event at Ironman 70.3 Boulder. With both of these events combined, I was able to raise over $12,000 to help fund research to improve the lives of individuals that have been diagnosed with the disease. Although progress is made every year, there is still a lot to learn and discover about this disease. Until that cure is found, I will be working with Team Challenge to help create more awareness, help raise more money, and help support others that have recently been diagnosed or that have been battling the disease for years. 2020 is not going to be any different other than I am going to challenge myself harder to bring more awareness, raise more money, and help more people. I am calling it "The Trifecta Towards a Cure". The more money I raise, the more events I am going to do. Goal #1 is to raise $3000. When this is raised, I will sign up for another Ironman 70.3 event. Goal #2 is to raise $7000. When this is raised, I will sign up for a full Ironman (I have never participated in a full Ironman event). Goal #3 a total of $12,000. When this is raised, I will sign up for a 100 mile ultra marathon (like the full Ironman, I have never ran a 100-miler). All three of these events will be completed in 2020! The funding/donations are only part of this challenge. While I am raising this money, I have also joined the local Team Challenge chapter to help bring awareness and to help others. Although money does help, support is just as important. With all of my friends, family, co-workers, and business organizations helping me raise money, I will be able to spend more time helping support Team Challenge and individuals affected by this disease, including my son Logan. I have 12 months before the first event, Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa 2020. Help me achieve this first goal so I can help others, educate others about the disease, and one-day help fund 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. 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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Western Container Corporation - Gerardo Pena
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