Joe Chera to Cycle Again for Crohn's & Colitis
On September 10th, I will participate in the Maine Lighthouse Ride in Portland Maine as part of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Team Challenge Cycle Team. It 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?
About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis affect 3 million Americans -- that's almost 1 in 100 US citizens. They are painful, debilitating, 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, depression, and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgeries. 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.
About Team Challenge
Team Challenge is an active fundraising activity which involves many who are afflicted with Crohn's or Colitis or their family & friends to help raise funds by running marathons, cycling, spinning, and hiking. Our Team Challenge Cycling Team, which consists of ~30 volunteers from around the US, raised over $90,000 while riding in the Day of the Tread Ride in Albuquerque New Mexico last October, and hope to raise even more to help find a cure this year at the Maine Lighthouse Ride.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 1997 while in my late 30's, but probably had it for years prior. I was experiencing many of the common symptoms -- abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue ... unfortunately not weight loss :) ... but with prescribed medications, I was able to continue with my career and a relatively normal personal life for many years. That is, except when experiencing a flare-up. Once or twice a year, a flare-up would result in a bowel obstruction, each of which required a 4-day hospital stay. Some required surgery and a 14-day hospitalization. I've had four major abdominal surgeries. In late 2019, my day-to-day symptoms got much worse and in early 2020, at 62, I had to go on Long-Term Disability.
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