Patrick-70.3 miles- Crazy, but for a good reason
Why? 3 years ago we saw the doctor because my son Caleb was going in to 6th grade, was 5' tall, and weighed 69 pounds He had been losing weight since wrestling ended and we knew something wasn't right. In February of 2017 he was diagnosed with Crohn's.
Flash Forward to today and he has been taken imuran every day and he now is 5'9", 125 pounds, and essentially symptom free. This is amazing and couldn't be true without the work from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. Not everyone's story is playing out as well and there is more work to be done.
I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On June 21, 2020 I will participate in the IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines. This will be a big undertaking for someone who has never even signed up for a 5K, but I'be always thought you should help when you can. So here I am going from a 0K to a 70.3 mile event.
But, I need your help. In connection with this Challenge I need to raise $3,000 for the Foundation. Your support goes directly to the Foundation. No middle man needed. You can donate directly through this site. Your contribution means a lot and I will be thinking about your support during every one of these dang miles.
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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