Dear friends, family, and colleagues,
I about to embark on an amazing and challenging journey…to not only attempt, but to complete my first, and hopefully not my last, half marathon!
The motivation for this endeavor is not only push myself to the limits of my athletic ability (which has not been tested for a long time, unless you can count competitive shoe shopping!) but to raise awareness and funds for people who live with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic (ongoing) disease of the colon, or large intestine. The disease is marked by inflammation and ulceration of the colon mucosa, or innermost lining. Crohn's disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as for those of you who aren’t aware, I am one of those people who have lived with Ulcerative Colitis for many years since pre-adolescence. Although my diagnosis was considered mild, for me, my experience didn’t feel mild. For years I experienced excruciating stomach pain and other unmentionable fun stuff, took a myriad of different medications from time to time, and was forever going to the Gastroenterologist like he was my best friend…and for any of you who have been to one, you know what that entails! All while dealing with the fact that I was entering adolescence…as if adolescence is embarrassing and painful enough!
Thankfully, due to the right combo of medicines and luck, I have been in remission for many years. With the exception of a few flare ups from time to time, which have contributed to at least one amusing nervous colitis stomach first date story … living with mild Colitis had the most unexpected effect on me, hardiness and sense of humor. However, I consider myself blessed to only have a mild form. For those who live with moderate to severe forms of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, it’s effects can be filled with debilitating pain, symptoms that truly limit the quality of life, and can lead to frequent hospitalizations and life-threatening complications.
So what I ask you is simple…to help me raise money to assist me in my quest to bring awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis, to fund research to find more effective treatments of these diseases, or better yet, to help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. For me to be able to race for the cure, I have to raise a minimum of $1800, so I need all of your help to give me a chance to be a part of this important goal. Thank you!
To donate towards my fundraising minimum, please visit my fund raising website at:
For more info about Crohn’s disease and Colitis as well as Team Challenge’s Race for the cure please visit the following websites: