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In early 2010, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Though it was an uncomfortable, confusing, and very personal process to receive a diagnosis and the medical treatment I needed, 10 years later I am as healthy and happy as I have ever been. I know many others aren't nearly as fortunate as I am and have fought long, difficult battles to get their required care, which is why I am starting my journey to run in the 2020 New York Marathon to support The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
This foundation's mission resonates with me because of their dual missions of both finding cures for IBD illnesses and providing vital support to children and adults affected by these diseases. I strongly believe that cures will be discovered in my lifetime, as treatments and advancements in innovative, experimental research have accelerated as more money and attention is given to these issues. But before a cure is found, it's important for those affected by these diseases to have the proper support needed. The foundation is devoted to providing education, resources, and personalized services to diagnosees, their families, and their doctors, as a new diagnosis is often confusing with a minefield of potential medications and treatment options to explore. While cures are on the horizon, I want to support an organization like the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation that prioritizes helping patients live with dignity.
To support this organization, I have pledged to raise $3,500 before the race on November 1st, 2020. It will be a long process, and I can only do it with your support. Please consider making a donation to my personal page, and share with anyone that would consider donating. Thank you, and I look forward to taking this journey with you all.
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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