Brian Larkin's Ironman Race for Crohn's
On July 25th 2021 I will participate in the Lake Placid Ironman, with the goal of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles in order to raise money for those suffering from Crohn's and Colitis. My goal is to raise $5,000 to help find a cure and improve the quality of life for those with IBD.
I have seen first hand how Crohn's can negatively impact people's lives, and I have also been inspired by the strength and bravery of those impacted by Crohn's, both as a nurse working with patients and within my own family. When someone has IBD, it's not just the individual who is affected but the whole family: my sister in law Kristen Merritt, her husband, and her young son. I know that beyond all the medical appointments, medications, pain, uncertainity and stress, I have been impressed by her courage and hope throughout. To be an advocate for her, her family, and anyone else suffering from IBD would be an ultimate honour.
While this will be my first ironman, I have always been passionate about endurance sports. I have completed 2 half ironmans, 4 marathons, 3 ultramarathons (50 km), a 100 km paddle board race, completion of the Adirondack 46ers in 8.5 days, and countless triatholons. I have placed first in both the Dempster to Dawson marathon and the Midnight Mayo marathon, but don't be too impressed as I had to travel to the Arctic circle to have the odds in my favour. Growing up in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid has always held a special place in my heart.
Please donate to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, 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. With every mile I accomplish, your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but help us get closer to the cure.
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 digestive challenges, 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.
*** For our Canadian friends, please be aware that this is an American not-for-profit organization. The funds are in USD. Please consult your tax advisor for advice regarding eligibility for a charitable donation tax credit.
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