Lindsey and Dave are racing again!
Last year, Lindsey and I (Dave) completed the Malibu Triathlon together as our fifth race with Team Challenge raising money and awareness for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Photos suggest that we began the race at the same time and crossed the finish line holding hands in celebration. However, according to the OFFICIAL timing chips for the race, I beat Lindsey by 3 minutes and 31 seconds. For months it has been eating Lindsey up inside knowing that, despite the visual evidence to the contrary, I kicked her butt in the race. She's quite embarrassed. So, to try and save what remains of her fragile ego, Lindsey has demanded we return to the scene of her humiliation for a grudge match! I have graciously accepted with the full intention of widening the gap between our finishing times and leaving her well in the dust, licking her emotional wounds after another shameful defeat.
We're going back to California for the Malibu Triathlon to once again do our part in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and we need your help!
Lindsey has been battling these diseases since she was young but, thanks in large part to work of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, she remains happy and healthy. Some days, weeks and months are certainly worse than others, but we are forever grateful to the foundation and those donors funding their work for advancing treatments, patient education, awareness and support for those suffering with inflamatory bowel diseases. Over the past year Lindsey has worked with the doctors at the Mayo Clinic to manage her symptoms and we are pleased to report that she's been in a pretty good place medically. However, that doesn't mean we can relax.
We are committed to continuing the fight against Crohn's and colitis to further improve the lives for patients and hopefully see a cure. We're sick and tired of these awful diseases and we could really use your help as we race for a better future for all IBD patients. We’ve seen amazing strides in both testing and treatment options as a result of research funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in the short time that we’ve been part of Team Challenge. Additionally, in the past few years it’s fueled a global initiative that promotes international teaming and sharing of information while on the home front it funds youth camps, patient and family educational and support opportunities. The work of the Foundation feels like a ray of light amidst all the darkness that these diseases cause.
Please consider sending texts, cards, or other messages of encouragement as we train over the next few months
If you are able, please consider a donation to help us fund the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in this fight against IBD, praying that someday Crohn's and ulcerative colitis might just be a thing of the past.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your ongoing support. We couldn’t feel more blessed by our loving community of family and friends!
Dave, Lindsey, Kiera, Molly, and Dylan
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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