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Dear Family and Friends,
One of the things I have had the privilege of doing since I entered the world of running, cycling, and triathlon, is being able to take something that I have grown to love, and support various charities with it.
Back in 2018, I raced my first Half Ironman (70.3 miles) with Team Challenge, in support of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). At that time, I had a close friend who was suffering from Colitis, and the mother of a co-worker that was undergoing surgery to help with her Colitis. I did not fully grasp nor understand the impact that this disease has on many people. When I went to Santa Rosa, and met with the Northern California Chapter of Team Challenge, I was shocked by the number of people that are affected, and by the ways this disease impacts people. Since 2018, I have supported Team Challenge, both financially and by helping raise awareness.
Once again, for my third year, I will sport the Agent Orange TriKit, and race with the Northern California Chapter of Team Challenge. This year I will dedicate my race to: 1) Yolande Witkin, the first person who made me aware of this disease, and who I’ve seen firsthand over the years suffer from this; 2) Heather Blackwell Riley, a fellow Exiled IMS Triathlete, who is suffering from this, and has been struggling in recently with just her daily routines, let alone training for Ironman Texas; and 3) all of my Team Challenge family, who not only severely suffer from this, but who have inspired and embraced me as one of their own, and shown me hope for a better tomorrow.
Please consider helping me fundraise $3,000 to find a cure for Crohn’s disease & ulcerative colitis! I will compete in Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa on Saturday, May 09, 2018.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are known together as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. It is estimated that over 1.6 million Americans have IBD, however many more suffer in silence.
Since its inception, CCFA has become the largest organization dedicated to curing IBD and has funded more than 1,100 grants for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. The Foundation invests dollars wisely, funding the highest-quality IBD research anywhere in the world. The funds raised through Team Challenge directly benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to support its mission to find a cure and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes to mission-critical programs!
I hope my effort makes a difference in fighting a disease that affects so many people. This is where I need your help, I can’t do this alone. Please consider supporting me in this effort by making a tax deductible donation to CCFA.
Every dollar counts and I will also accept ice packs, Advil and a personal cheering section.
With gratitude and appreciation,
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