Endurance for Cures!
I just read that this year (2019), Colorado had 1000 new cases of Crohn's or Ulcerative Colits diagnosis. Out of that 1000, there were 200 of them that were children. Just in the state of Colorado alone, there are over 53,000 people that live with IBD and my son Logan is one of them. Logan was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when he was 12 years old. Eight years later he is still battling just as hard to overcome the disease and live a normal life. However you can define normal, I have never been more proud of a young man that chooses to not let a chronic disease slow him down. I am following his lead by challenging myself physically and mentally, just like he does every day, and participate in endurance events through out 2020 to raise awarenss of this disease and to raise money to help combat the challenges of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colits. My goal is to raise over $12,000 for research to cures, helping other kids enjoy life by going to camp, and help bring awareness to a disease that effects millions pf people every day. My first endurance event is with Team Challenge at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa in May 2020. This is my third Ironman 70.3 with Team Challenge. I am happy and proud to be with a great group of people that want to fight the same battle on the course and in everyday life. In August, I will be participating in the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon. This event will be by far the toughest endurance event I have ever put myself through. There will be physical challenges, mental challenges, and digestive challenges at 10,000 feet above sea level for 30 hours. These are the same challenges that people with IBD face every day of their life; not just 30 hours. We will be representing Team Challenge through out the event including the crew team, the pacers, and myself hoping to bring awareness to people that have never even heard of the disease or have heard and want to help.
Donations big and small help every step of the way (yes, that pun was intentional). It helps research. It helps to send kids diagnosed with the disease to summer camp. It helps others that are dealing with the disease, better understand the disease. PLEASE take 5 mintues to donate to a cause that is near and dear to me and so many others!!!
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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