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I have decided to take on my biggest physical challenge yet! While searching for my next running adventure, I learned about Team Challenge, a fundraising program for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (“the Foundation”). The mission of Team Challenge is to support nearly 3 million Americans whom are diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis while also funding research to find a cure for these diseases. So after some strong consideration and taking a leap of faith, I decided to participate in the Chicago Marathon on October 10, 2021, with Team Challenge.
This race will be especially meaningful and personal to me for many reasons—most important being my story. In 2017, I began my journey fighting against ulcerative colitis. For two months, doctors were unable to identify the cause of my gastrointestinal issues, weight loss, and abdominal pains. I lost close to 30 lbs in one month and was unable to hold down much more than ice chips. It wasn’t until February that I received confirmation of my diagnosis, which we thought would be the answer. I spent the remainder of 2017 trying and failing multiple medications, in and out of the emergency department 8 times, and underwent 4 colonoscopies. That year was emotionally and physically draining for not only myself, but my husband, family, and friends who watched me struggle. It wasn’t until 20 weeks after starting Humira that I was finally able to declare remission, which I have been able to maintain since. Due to my diagnosis, I am at significant risk to develop colorectal cancer and recurrent flare ups later in life.
I am committed to putting in the hard work for my training goals… I just need your help in reaching my FUNdraising goal of $1,750! Not only will this help me run a bucket list race, but it will also support millions of other individuals (like me) who battle IBD every day. Please join me in raising awareness for these chronic diseases and make a tax-deductible donation to The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Any donation is greatly appreciated!
About Crohn’s Disease & 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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