Team Lizzy 2021
WOW! 2020 was a rough one. And here we are half-way through 2021 and hope for a return to whatever normal will look like is on the horizon. The last quarter of 2020 and first half of 2021 have been filled with important milestones for the Noe Family. Lizzy turned 18, voted in her first election, graduated from high school, and decided to attend college on the other side of the country. Caroline turned 16, endured a very isolating sophomore year, emerged triumphant with excellent grades, and is looking forward to a fully in person 2nd half of her high school career. Scott and I watched this all unfold from our work from home stations at opposite ends of the house.
For me, getting back to “new normal” includes running, running events, Team Challenge and fundraising on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. I continue to support the great work of this organization because my daughter and my Team Challenge family are counting on me! So this year I’m participating in the Team Challenge Race in Orange program, which allows me to register for the event of my choice and fundraise as I train. My choice: the Seafair Torchlight Run on July 31. It’s one of my favorite events!
Here's a reminder about why this cause is so important to me. December 2021 will mark the 8th anniversary of Lizzy's Crohn's disease diagnosis. According to her GI doc, this means – among other things – that she’s now a candidate for yearly colonoscopies. Sounds fun, right? Lizzy continues to be in deep remission with her disease, and we are truly thankful for that. But even with the awesome care she’s received and the fairly uneventful course of her Crohn’s, she is now and will continue to be at high risk for colon cancer. Unless we find a cure.
That’s why I continue to run and fundraise. The goal is to find a cure for everyone living with IBD. Until that day comes, providing doctors with tools and funding to find appropriate treatments for IBD patients is the workaround. We need a cure so that kids like mine (who is now an adult) don't have to suffer from this disease anymore. I hope you will consider a donation – large or small. Every dollar counts!
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