Running for a Cure
26.2 Miles; If you would’ve asked me a couple years ago if I’d ever run that amount, I would’ve laughed out loud. It wasn’t until recently getting into running that I started to ponder on this idea. I have always said that if I ever were to run in such a prominent race like the Chicago Marathon, I'd want to fundraise for a cause. I am overwhelmed with both excited and nervous (let’s be honest, its intimidating!), but am beyond committed to take on this challenge in order to run for such a important cause. I have happily committed to fundraise for Crohn’s and Colitis foundation of America (CCFA).
A little bit of some backstory: My sister, Candace, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease back in 2012. In the past six years, I have watched her go through extended hospital stays, intensive surgeries, and countless doctor’s appointments. Unfortunately, my sister’s story is similarly shared by about 1.6 million Americans who are living everyday with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (UC).
Why I’m running: After seeing the emotional and physical toll it took on not only her, but also my family, I truly want to raise these funds in support of my sister and the many individuals who suffer from this chronic illness, as well as UC. Additionally, these funds will go directly towards raising awareness and educational pursuits so that through research, this chronic illness can be better understood, and eventually a cure can be discovered.
Any donation small or large will go a long way in helping me reach my goal of $1750. Over 80% of every dollar I raise will directly fund the mission of CCFA, to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by inflammatory bowel diseases.
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity! Any and all support is greatly appreciated. At the very least, I hope you were able to learn a little more about both these chronic illnesses. I truly thank you for taking the time to check out my page and hope you will join me on my new endeavor.
About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.
The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.
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