Welcome to Francesca's Fundraising Page
I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On October 9, 2022, I will run in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! This will be a big undertaking, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure.
Won’t you please consider a donation in honor of my dad today?
My father suffered with ulcerative colitis for more than 20 years. As far back as I can remember, he was always sick--frequent hospital stays, pain, depression, anxiety, constant worry to be near a bathroom. The disease affected us as a family. That all changed in 1998. He underwent two surgeries to remove the diseased portion of his colon. Fairly new at the time, the procedures were incredibly invasive, painful and traumatic, but they changed his life. A lot of research, community support, and new better treatments have been developed since then, thanks to foundations like Crohn's & Colitis. I'm running and fundraising to help others with IBD get the support, resources, and (hopefully) the cure my dad never had.
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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