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Racing to find a cure!
I'm running the LAS VEGAS ROCK N ROLL HALF MARATHON on December 2nd, and I need your help to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn's disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Ulcerative colitis on the other hand, affects only the colon. The inflammation involves the entire rectum and extends up the colon in a continuous manner.

It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD; however, many more suffer in silence due to potential embarrassment and alienation. On average, Crohn's Disease tends to first present itself in adolescents and young adults while Colitis initially affects those in their 30's. However, people of ALL ages are gravely affected by both illnesses, and, sadly, many young children are severely limited in their lives due to either complications of Crohn's or Colitis or the diseases themselves.

After recovering from my initial bout with Crohn's Disease two years ago, I started running long distance as a way of celebrating my health. However, medications in addition to lifestyle and dietary changes do not help to alleviate symptoms for everyone. At just 12 years old, my teammate Matt Capers, has already been hospitalized several times and has not yet responded well to any medications or treatments. There are few options left to attempt to treat his disease. Matt's childhood is essentially being held hostage by Crohn's Disease. This is why I'm running in honor of Matt this December. No one, especially a child this young, should ever have to feel helpless as they endure the chronic pain of IBD while missing out on all the activities that healthy people take for granted.

As a member of Team Challenge, I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me in my upcoming half marathon. I have committed to a training schedule with a group of highly motivated, amazing people and I’ve promised to raise $3,700 in donations to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I WILL DO IT!

I hope you agree with me about the importance of this cause. These diseases affect many people around us, and I couldn't think of better motivation to do what I love than helping raise funds to find a cure. Please help support me by giving generously.

A minimum of 82 cents per dollar raised by CCFA goes directly to research and patient support, and your contribution is tax deductible. If your company matches charitable contributions, please include matching forms with your donation. Of course, your good wishes for Matt and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted. I will keep all of you up-to-date on fundraising and training progress, IBD news and information and anything else exciting on this website, facebook and twitter.
Can't wait til December!

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Total Donations: $4,650.00
Goal: $3,700

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Lillian Ciardelli Hidden
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Pat and Julie Rogers $500.00 "Never give up Matt - go Jack!"
Anonymous $500.00
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Jeff and Karen Gunning Hidden
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Elisabeth Keen Hidden "Good luck Jack! I am glad to hear you are doing well. FYI Laura will be in Albuquerque the 2nd week of October for a few days."
Laura Keen Hidden "I'm so proud of you friend! You're going to do great, especially if you wear those short shorts you're sporting in that photo. You're so inspiring to all of us!"
Dan & Laura Kelmar $100.00
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daina urbaitis Hidden "Good luck, Jack! We're so glad you're doing so much better!"
Andrea Ciardelli $100.00
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Chuck and Pam Reardon $100.00
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Duncan Scott $100.00
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Sandra Lyons $50.00 "Good luck, Jack!"
Patty and Ricky Puhl $200.00
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Tom Baumgartel $50.00
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Joyce Whelchel $50.00
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Belinda Munoz $100.00
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Mary L Riordan $100.00 "I'll be cheering you on from sunny Tucson! All the best!!"
Sealy and Synda Cavin $100.00
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Steve and Ann Rogers $200.00
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Terry and Kris Linton $50.00
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Peter O'Brien $20.00 "Good luck!"
Sanjaya Punyasena $50.00
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Emily Goodman $30.00 "It's events like this and people like you that remind me of the importance of research and inspire me to continue working towards a cure in my own research. You're awesome, Jack!"
Michael Perry $100.00
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Joe and Joanne Gagen $100.00
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Hilary Campbell $50.00
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Anonymous Hidden "Go get 'em."
Jon Howell $25.00
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Nate Rogers Hidden
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Patrick Riordan $100.00
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Katherine Ferguson $500.00
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Jarol F. Eckert $25.00
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vincent demaio $500.00
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Robert & Cheryl Reilling $50.00
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