Julie Fights Back!
I am a Crohn’s Survivor and Fighter.
For my 50th birthday next June I will be racing in the 2020 St. George Ironman. On my journey, I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis!
Please help by Making My Miles More Meaningful and donate to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
My Story: I'm a mom of 5 daughters and started racing triathlons in my 40's. I've raced six 70.3 Ironman and qualified for two 70.3 World Championships in Austria and in South Africa, ran back to back marathons, trail and road, qualifying for Boston Marathon.
Then Wham! - this Crohn's disease almost took my life. I had two surgeries in 2018 to remove the diseased colon, which saved my life.
Our news station KSL did a fantastic job on my story here: https://www.ksl.com/article/46657640/bountiful-triathlete-doesnt-let-crohns-disease-stop-her-from-competing
Unfortunately, I am still battling Crohn's until they have a CURE! I hope my effort in fundraising makes a difference in fighting a disease that affects so many people.
We Can do it! #together
Please consider supporting me in this effort by making a tax deductible donation to The Foundation.
Now Let's go do this!!
Thank you! xoxoxo
- Julie Keyes
More 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 and 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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