Running for a cure
Sometimes you think everything in life is rolling along smoothly. Then WHAM! that pesky chronic illness rears up and says "not so fast there." I'm running for my husband and for the thousands of other people suffering from Crohn's and Colitis. That someday when you think everything is rolling along smoothly, it actually will be. That there won't be anymore flare ups, set backs, or fear of relapse. That there will be a cure.
I have decided to use my running to join in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On January 16, 2022 (Mike’s 46th birthday no less) I will participate in the Maui Oceanfront Marathon & Half Marathon.
By the time i run this race it will be nearly 2 years since we entered a global pandemic, and hopefully we will be clearly on the other side of it. Covid is real and really scary. And that’s just for healthy people. Now imagine the anxiety of knowing your body is already raging a battle against you from the inside. You have to take medication to suppress your immune system. If you were to get Covid would you even stand a chance? Crohn’s patients don’t need the added stress. We need to find cure and a better way of living for these sufferers.
It will be my 21st full marathon. It will require flying all the way across the country. I set my fundraising goal at $2300 but it would be pretty awesome to hit $4600 as an awesome birthday present. This will be a big undertaking, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure. Won’t you please consider a donation today?
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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