Returning to Maine for another great CCF Ride
On September 10, 2022 I will participate in the Maine Lighthouse Ride. I will be riding 100 miles in Portland, Maine with my Team Cycle teammates that I first met five years ago on my first Team Cycle ride that was also in Maine!
Team Cycle is part of Team Challenge (the fundraising arm of The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation). Each year the team managers choose a different organized century ride somewhere in the US for the Team Cycle team to ride together. The 2017 Maine ride (officialy the Maine Lighthouse Ride) was so popular that the team returns again this year to do the same ride.
Last year in New Mexico Team Cycle took a two-mountain climb that started at altitude and we had an amazing turnout. Not to mention my whole family came with and we were able to turn the long weekend into a mini-vacation. This year, I'm not so lucky and will be traveling without my wife and kids, but I'll still have my Team Cycle family to keep me going.
As always, I'm riding specifically for my wife, Emily, who was diagnosed with Crohn's at age 19 and has lived with it ever since. She's my main motivation every time I get on the bike and I'm so lucky to have her support. She is so bummed not to be able to be at the ride this year and I don't honestly know if it's more because she misses out on great lobster or the chance to cheer me on, but either way, I'll be riding (and eating lobster) for her.
Please help me raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the millions with IBD and those that love them. This will be my third ride with Team Cycle over the last 5 years and I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again.
A Great New Hook Into My Training
In addition to clicking on the "Donate to Benjamin" button above, another fun option to give is to join me and pledge a few cents for every mile I ride during training. It's super easy with the ScoreSide platform. You can follow the link below and pledge right away in just a couple of clicks. After that it's all automatic, you'll get occasional updates on how my training is going and how much you've pledged and it's a great way to keep me motivated and keep me riding!
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About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affect millions of Americans. 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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