Brian Goes Back To Maine: 70.3 For IBD - Round 2 (5 Years Later)
After everything that Crohn's has thrown my way through the years including constant medications, several hospital visits a year, and more surgeries that I can count, I am going back to Ironman Maine with Team Challenge to benefit the Crohn's Colitis Foundation and their quest to find a cure for IBD (and sending kids to their amazing Camp Oasis programs).
Siex years ago I was bedridden after making my ostomy permenant. One of the most painful experiences of my life. Two years after that I went to Old Orchard Beach, Maine to attempt and complete my first 70.3 mile half Ironman distance triathlon. I crossed the finish line in 6:43 and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Now five years after my first half Ironman, I am going back to complete the same 70.3 distance with the goal of shaving off 43 minuted and finishing in under 6 hours.
Along my journey I have wanted to help as many people as possible, which I have been able to do at times. The feeling of helping a fellow Crohn's or ulcerative colitis navigate their disease, and learning to live a better life with it has brought me close to countless incredible people. Please help me again and raising critical funds for the Crohn's Colitis Foundation to help patients and their families out in a wide variety of ways.
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.
Thank you in advance for helping me and others beat these diseases.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
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