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I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On September 17-18, 2022 I will participate in the 2XU Malibu Triathlon. 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?
Hi! Welcome to my page! My name is Damon Hulick and I am a snior at Augustana College majoring in Business Administration Management and Data Analytics with a minor in Accounting. Graduation is coming up this May! I recently started my full time career with John Deere after almost 3 years of being a part-time student with the company! In my free time I like to lift weights, ride my bike, play some video games with friends, golf, and go fishing with my brother and my dad. I joined Team Challenge because I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease three years ago and want to make a difference in finding a cure. After competing with Team Challenge in 2021 and meeting my fundraiser goal, it only added more fuel to the fire in making a difference for those like me diagnosed with Crohn's and Colitis! Thank you for visiting my page! Please look for updates in my blog section below, read my personal journey with Crohn's disease, learn more about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and learn more about The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation!
In the fall of 2019, I found myself in the ER of a hospital in my college town. I was alone, scared, and wasn't sure what was going on. All my life I had always seemed to have bowel issues, this time it was a lot more painful than before. Normally the CT scans and blood work would show nothing, they'd give me a higher dose of Tylenol, and I'd go home. This time, however, they noticed a slight thickening in the wall of my small intestine. This set off a path to find the cause. A few visits with a gastroenterologist and one colonoscopy later, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I was promptly put on azathioprine and as soon as insurance approved it, I was put on Remicade infusions. Before these medications, the pain was almost unbearable. I remember countless nights of tossing and turning wondering when the pain would subside. When I started these medications, however, they were a big step towards controlling my symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, and I will continue to need to receive infusions and other medications to help keep my symptoms under control. This is why I joined Team Challenge, to help make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. To help find a cure. There are around 3 million others in the United States fighting even more challenging battles with this disease than I am. The opportunity to contribute to finding a cure is important to me, and Team Challenge is helping me achieve this goal. Would you please consider donating today? Any amount helps me towards my goal of $2,000! Please also share this page to help spread the word!
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.
About The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
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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