Racing for my Pops
My name is Addie Green, a water athlete-turned-runner! On November 7th, I will be participating in the 50th year of the NYC marathon, taking on the boroughs of New York City with 33,000 other runners. I have decided to make this race, my 5th marathon, special by fundraising for the fight against Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
In 1976, my father was diagnosed with Crohn's. He lost 55 lbs in six months, which inhibited his ability to participate in most sports competitively. While my father still battles this disease on a daily basis, he has learned to harness his passion for sports in other ways. Through less intensive exercise and appreciating the beauty of sports through fandom, my dad has been a shining example of optimism for my brother and I. He has taught us the power of perseverance that undoubtedly goes unnoticed. This race is an ode to the man who cultivated my love of sports, movement, and all things competition. I will be running in a giants hat (our favorite sports team), a shark sticker (to commemorate all our years spent on the Larkey Sharks pool deck) and navy blue bottoms (in honor of our alma maters, UCSB and UC Davis, as well as our love for the ocean).
I'm asking for your help to make this dream a reality. Not just my personal dream of competing in this race, but the dream to get one step closer to a cure for the millions fighting the same fight as my father everyday.
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 and 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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