Rectum? Damn near Killed 'Em!!
I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. With the remaining days in the 2021 calendar year, my goal is to bike 3000 miles (or more) and to raise $3000 (or more!) to help raise money for a cure. 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 today?
I will be riding my Peloton bike and recording my miles and updating my progress on this page with ride reports, etc. Please consider a "flat" donation (i.e. $20, $40, etc.) or a "per mile pledge" which will not exceed 3000 miles and will be complete at the end of December 2021. This will be a fun way to follow my "journey" to reach 3000 miles and $3000!! For example, if you pledge to donate $0.025 for every mile I ride, and I reach 3000 miles, I will thankfully accept your donation of $75. If you pledge $0.025/mile and I do not reach 3000 miles by the end of December, your donation would be less than $75 and equal to the number of miles ridden. If you decide to donate with a pledge, please let me know the rate per mile, and i will keep track along the way and update you periodically with your pledge total. See below for some pledge donation suggestions:
$25 - $0.008/mile
$50 - $0.016/mile
$75 - $0.025/mile
$100 - $0.033/mile
$150 - $0.05/mile
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2002 at the age of 19. This disease has been a "thorn in my side" each day since then, but it has also been a blessing in disguise. Some days are more challenging, painful, impossible, and/or embarrassing than most. I am lucky to have had a great support system of loving/caring family and friends along the way. I am also privileged to have an understanding employer and health insurance as well.
19 years of Ulcerative Colitis has led to 4 major surgeries, weeks and weeks of missed time from work, as well as thousands of dollars spent on medication, procedures & tests (real fun ones!), trips to the ER, toilet paper :), etc., etc. I know that my "journey" with this disease has been much easier than many of my peers who suffer from IBD, especially children and young adults. The social, emotional, and mental effects of UC sometimes outweigh the physical toll it can take on your body. I am lucky to have married such a caring, understanding, and patient person who has seen me on my worst days. My parents and sister have been at my side (physically and in spirit) since I became sick, and for that I am very thankful!
And so, I am asking for your help! 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.
Please consider a donation through my fundraising page and check out this great organization led by MLB pitcher Jake Diekman who is focused on helping others affected by IBD!
Gut It Out Foundation - https://www.gutitoutfoundation.org/about
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.
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