Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz, here we come!
We all know 2020 was not the greatest year for most of us. Ironman Canada 2020 was canceled and I didn't make my fundraising goal, so like so many of you, I am trying to pick up the pieces and start over in 2021.
In order to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, I will participate in the Team Challenge Race in Orange program and train for and complete Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz in Sept. This will be a big undertaking because I have done almost no training in 2020, 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 a cure.
Crohn's and Colitis has touched my life because so many of my friends and family have Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Currently there is no cure, only treatments and many of the treatments have severe impacts on quality of life and scary side effects, in particular cancer, or involve removing the entire colon. But there is hope.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation has been at the forefront of every advancement towards better treatments and a possible cure. Plus, they do a lot of patient education, support and advocacy. Their Camp Oasis is a summer camp program for kids with IBDs where they can have a normal sleep-away camp experience in a place that understands their special needs. In the time of Covid, they have stepped up help IBD patients with their unique Covid needs.
If you would like to support this very necessary work and also support me in my journey back to fitness, please consider making a donation today. No amount too small. Seriously.
Love (and safety) to you all!
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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