Welcome to Erin's Page!
My name is Erin Reicks. If you don't know me personally, let me intoduce myself. I recently turned 23 and celebrated 1 whole year as a working adult. I graduated with my undergrad in business (Supply Chain Management and Org. Leadership for those of you who may have been curious) in December of 2018. For the last year, I have been working at a non-profit long-term care organization doing process improvement work and I absolutely love it! In the past year I have also got a golden retriever, bought my first home, and ran 2 half marathons! So, after my last half marathon I thought... Why not go bigger? Why not add 1.2 miles of swimming and 56 miles of biking to the half marathon distance I was already used to? So here I am.
When looking into the Des Moines Ironman 70.3, I stumbed upon Team Challenge and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. I was unfamiliar with Crohn's disease and thought that I did not know anyone thats life has been affected by it. But, I was wrong. I learned shortly after, that one of my first cousins has had Crohn's disease for quite some time and has had to learn how to live with it. After learning that, I realized that there are most likely many other people that I have met in my life that are also dealing with Crohn's disease and I thought why not take on the challenge of an Ironman 70.3 while also raising money for a great cause? So, 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 Des Moines Ironman 70.3. 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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