Running to help fund research, support for people with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis
I ran my first marathon in NYC in 1998 and was planning to run my 20th marathon there in 2020 to help make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This cause is personal to my family and I am hoping that, with your help, we can contribute to the effort to get closer to a cure. With the NYC race being held virtually this year, I ran the distance here along the coast in California in October 2020, while still keeping my fingers crossed to toe the line in NYC in 2021.
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affect 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. 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. 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.
How you can help
During this time of COVID-19, the foundation is facing a critical budget shortfall that puts patient programs at risk. If you are so inclined, please consider making a donation here. Thanks so much for your consideration and hope you and your family are staying safe and well!
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