Aaron on the Appalachian Trail
Welcome! I appreciate your curiosity and the time you've taken to stop by my page. This is where you can learn a little more about me, my adventure, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and hopefully be a part of my campaign to help raise awareness and funds for the CCFA.
When I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) back in 2009, I was pretty scared and defeated. There was no choice but to adjust my life to the demands of this disease. My work life, social life, how I ate, and how I spent my free time were all impacted and became much more difficult. After trying several different treatments, I'm very fortunate to have found one that has kept me in remission for the past four years. Since there isn't a universal treatment for everyone and a cure is still being sought after, it's so important to raise awareness for IBD's (Irritable Bowel Diseases) and to support organizations like the CCFA that accelerate research and provide resources to patients.
In 2019 I joined Team Challenge to commemorate the 10th year since my diagnosis. An important goal to me was to help encourage a dialog around IBD's and all health challenges we face, physical and mental. There should be no shame tied to those challenges, and when we feel comfortable to open up, a whole community and support system reveals itself. After building connections with other patients, my community, and cycling with an AMAZING team, I'm returning to Team Challenge to continue supporting my goal and the CCFA.
In February of 2022, I am headed to Georgia to begin my through hike of the Appalachian Trail. This 2194 mile hike will bring me through 14 states and will take me about 6 months to complete. You're invited to follow my journey on Instagram @trailtoad, and to help me meet my fundraising goal of $2194 ($1 / mile).
Thank you again for stopping by! I hope you enjoy following each step, and any contributions are so greatly appreciated!
P.S. A little more about IBD's and the CCFA.
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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