The fight against Crohn's and UCeeeee is taking meeeeeee to Albuquerqueeeee! Wheeeee!
It's happening again! On October 25, 2020 I will participate in the Day of the Tread in the American Southwest. I've never been to Albuquerque and my first time there I'm biking 100 miles including two mountain climbs over 7 miles each! Yeah!
As almost anyone reading this knows, Emily and I have done a few Foundation events in the past. You'd think I'd be in better shape after running hundreds of miles and biking thousands of miles prepping for and participating in rides for them, but I'll admit that's probably got more to do with my eating and drinking habits than karma challenging me to do more.
Almost everyone reading this is also in the cohort that has offered support to us and to the Foundation more than once. We are incredibly grateful. Emily is incredibly grateful. I wouldn't do any of these events without you and this sounds totally out of character because I lose my Norwegian-Lutheran-Minnesota triple membership when I admit to emotions or feelings of any kind, but when the miles are getting very long on the bike, I frequently think about the people that have donated for the ride I'm training for and enjoy thinking back on the time I've spent with them, how and where I got to know them, and how important you all are to me and to Emily. I can't say for sure that money donated to the Foundation has saved my wife's life on any specific occasion, but I believe that our life and our friendships and certainly our kids' existence are almost definitely driven by advances in Crohn's research and treatments in the last 20 years. Thank you.
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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