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Faith - Fight - Persevere
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Dear Friends and Family,

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED OR PRAYED FOR US OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. THE RACE WENT GREAT AND IF YOU STILL WANT TO DONATE IT'S NEVER TOO LATE. WE STILL HAVEN'T FOUND A CURE. I'LL BE POSTING AN UPDATE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE AND SENDING OUT AN EMAIL TO EVERYONE, SO LOOK THERE FOR A UPDATE ON THE RUN. LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH AND HAYDEN AND ALL OF US APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! Last year, I ran my first ever half marathon as part of Team Challenge, an endurance program that supports the CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America). Although I still do not “like” running, the entire experience was one of the best of my life and it is one that I am pumped about doing again this year on Dec 2nd in Las Vegas. Best of all, I am team fund raising this year with my sister Missy (Not only Hayden’s Aunt, but his Biggest Fan!) and we will be running the race together. I also hope to have a couple other friends running this year as well. This is so awesome!

As many of you know, my son Hayden was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in December of 2010. Crohn’s is an Auto Immune disease that attacks the digestive tract for which there is currently no cure. (Nope - It's NOT contagious) At a minimum Hayden will always have to take medication and undergo many medical tests, procedures and appointments throughout his lifetime.

Hayden has endured more physically and emotionally than any 14 year old should have to. He endures more than most people will ever see or even know about and at the current time, there is no cure for this disease, and thus a life with pain, medicines, hospital visits, doctor appointments, surgeries and emotional struggles is what his future holds if we do not find a cure.

At the time that I write this note, Hayden is about 2 years from when he originally got sick. Since that time, Hayden has yet to get into remission. He has had to take steroids which carry their own crazy side effects, immune suppressors, supplements, and many other pills and nutritional drinks. Unfortunately his main maintenance medicine, which we had hoped would get him into remission, did not do so, and after a good fight, Hayden got pretty sick again this summer. This caused us to have to change treatment plans again and try another stronger drug. This is a scary drug, actually they all are, but it is one that we hope finally helps him and we hope there are little to no side effects.

Now for the good! Although Hayden’s symptoms and side effects from Meds are pretty rough, they have thankfully been less than what some people have to deal with who have this disease. Hayden does not miss out on anything he wants to do or puts his mind to. This summer he got pretty sick just days before he was suppose to go to a 2 week summer sports camp. Needless to say with his perseverance and the help of the doctors we were able to get him to camp and he was able to participate throughout. He was still in pain when he left, but he did not let it stop him. He just started his freshman year in High School a couple weeks ago and he is getting ready to start Fall Lacrosse and participate again in his church youth group. He has an amazing attitude and although he has his down times, he is much more stable than me :-) !

As a parent of a child with a chronic condition, it just tears you apart. You feel lost and you want so bad to take away their pain. The last two years have truly been an emotional rollercoaster, without a day going by where I am not thinking about him and this disease. I’ll tell you that some days are pretty bad, but with the love and support from my wife and through my faith I am able to find peace and comfort. I honestly feel that this experience has changed me for the better and it has and will continue to change him for the better. I am determined to make sure Hayden and the rest of us, take full advantage of this “opportunity”, yes “opportunity” to make a difference, to help others, and hopefully to find a cure for this terrible disease. I fully believe that everything does happen for a reason, and that God will not waste his pain or our pain.

Many of you supported my run last year, and I thank you so much for your help. Although, the CCFA is doing great things and making great progress in so many areas, we still need your help. Hayden is still not cured, he is still going to the hospital and doctors monthly, still taking medicines on a daily basis and still dealing with pain and suffering. So I am still looking for you to please support our run. I also have some "runner "friends that are running the Annapolis 1/2 marathon the same weekend who have dedicated their race to Hayden and helping to find a cure for Crohn's. Thank You so much to them and their friends and family!

I know that this is another of many charities that you probably already give to, but I do ask that you please consider giving if you can. I have friends whose children have Cancer, Crohn’s, Spina-bifida, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Epilepsy, Childhood Diabetes, Asthma, Lymes and Autism, and you know what, they all need our help. I hope that you would give to all of them as they all are worthy of our help. At the same time, I recognize that many of us are fighting financial battles and if that is you, please do keep us in your thoughts and prayers as that means more to us than anything.

The least I can do for Hayden and for others with this chronic disease is run 13 miles. I don’t like running any more than I did last year when I did this, but all I have to do is think about what Hayden has to go through on a daily basis and running becomes easy. I know this is true for his Aunt Missy as well, as she is very much going out of her comfort zone for someone she loves dearly.

All your contributions are 100% tax deductible and know that 80% of all your dollars go directly into funding Crohn’s and Colitis Programs and Research for a cure.

Thank you for your contributions, your well wishes and your prayers.

Greg and Missy

Faith, Fight, Persevere

Romans 5:3-5 “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know suffering brings perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”

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Kelly Griffith Hidden
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Jacob Herritt $50.00
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Jessie Fabian Hidden
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Charlotte Montague Hidden "Again this year, I donate with love and pride in the faith, heart and strength of my son and grandson. Our Lord will truly be running beside him, and keeping him strong. "
Anonymous $25.00
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Jennifer Carlucci $50.00
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Puna & TJ Miller Hidden
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janet domolky Hidden
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Andrew Palko Hidden
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Dr. & Mrs. Huntley Cross $50.00
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Tom and Frankie McClintock Hidden
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Tom Herritt Hidden
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Rick Tancreto Hidden " Both of you are running a great race!"
steve bertolaccini Hidden "Run strong my brother! We're praying for you and your family."
Rodney & Sherry Meyer Hidden
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bryan anthony $75.00
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Ann Edwards Hidden
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Laura Miller Hidden
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Gail Jacobs $250.00
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Karen & Jimmy Remington Hidden "May God watch over you during your training and best wishes for an easy run for both you and Missy! Also, prayers for Hayden! "
Charlotte Montague Hidden "I am so proud that my daughter has joined her big brother in this race. She loves her nephew and all are strong in faith & family. They will do well! :)"
Pamela Holton Morris $100.00 "Good Luck at the race Greg. You & your family are in my prayers!!!"
Tim and Amy Crum Hidden
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Brenda Rodriguez $50.00 "Go Missy! Wish you the best! "
Louise Pritchard $75.00 "Good luck you guys! I'll be with you in Spirit! "
Anonymous $50.00
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J Richard Salen $50.00 "Way to go Team Hayden! Rick & Diane Salen"
Anonymous $100.00
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Phyllis Collier $50.00
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Teresa Malone $100.00
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Kitty Ellison $50.00
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Teresa James $20.00
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Anu and Ramesh Iyer Hidden "Dear Greg and Missy, This run for Hayden is for such a good cause and generate awareness amongst people. Your contributions and time to activities in quest for a cure or relief in itself is a very noble action. We only can hope and pray that science (physics or research) has the glimmer of light that acts as a panacea to diseases like Crohns, Cancer and incurable ones in which mankind today is completely deluged in. Our family's prayers and best wishes to you and Missy on this mission. Regards, Anu and Ramesh Iyer"
David Brown $50.00
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Terry Montague Hidden
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Rhian Thompson Hidden "Be strong, both of you! All my best to you both."
Steve and Rachel Piazza $25.00
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Michelle Pierpont $50.00
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Vicki O'Reilly $20.00
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Michael Granger $131.00 "Dear BFF, I'm impressed. -BFF"
Eric Sall $250.00
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Jenni Bowlin Hidden
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Anonymous $50.00 "Good luck Missy!"
Jevon Mallett $25.00
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Julie Vargas $20.00
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Cathy Young Hidden
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Nancy Brien Hidden
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Susan Petersen Hidden
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Rich Adams $50.00
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Murali & Rajya Darivemula Hidden
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Linda Collette $25.00
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Kevin Holmes $50.00
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Chandra Anuga $50.00
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Steve & Cookie Nelson $50.00
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Gary and Nancy Pinson $50.00
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Anonymous Hidden
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Lynne Mulligan Hidden
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Andre Victorian Hidden
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Laurie Conklin Hidden
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Terry and Lisa Ghee Hidden
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Patrice Campbell $50.00
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Nayeem Ahmed $50.00 "Good luck on the race!"
Anonymous Hidden
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RaviKumar Addepalli Hidden
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Stephen Smith $50.00 "Go Team Hayden . . . rock the Strip! Our prayer for you all comes from Mark 5:34 (with a slight adjustment), "And he said to (him), (Son) your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed for your disease. Steve & Andrea"
Karen Owens Hidden
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Anonymous $100.00
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Turley Family $25.00 "Faith - Fight - Persevere & Pray. He has you in the palm of his hand."
Winnie Kopacko Hidden
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Steve and Lauryn Norman Hidden "You guys are awesome...have a great race! Miss you"
Daniel Remington $50.00
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Tracy Howard Hidden
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Karen Fedorchak $50.00
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Randy Johnson Hidden
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Alex Brunworth $25.00
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cathy kumor Hidden "Good luck Greg and Missy. Which sibling will outbest the other? It doesn't matter since it is for a good cause."
Buck Keswani $100.00
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Carol Thomas Hidden
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BOBBY & DARLENE RUSSELL $50.00
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Charlotte Harrison $50.00
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Ben Tsuchitani $50.00
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Louise Pritchard $25.00 "You guys are almost there!"
Charlotte Montague Hidden "I am so proud of both of you. You are almost there - stay strong."
Angie Alltizer Hidden
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Jaime Campbell Hidden
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Andrew & Jenn Price $100.00
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Sandra Buchanan $169.00
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Chyrl Lambert-Huff $100.00
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George and Ida Barnes $50.00 "GOOD LUCK IN YOUR RACE! Hope there is a cure SOON!"
Marlisa Girard Hidden "Have an AMAZING run!!! "
Patty & Gary Morgan Hidden "Our very best wishes for the race and meeting your goal! "
Scott Granieri $50.00
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Alli Elliott $25.00 "I ran for Hayden this past June and the Russell family helped me reach my goal, so it is only right to return the favor. Good luck with the fund raising and have fun in Vegas! :)"
Richard Fraser $25.00
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Rose Crunkleton Hidden
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Kristin Goudreau Hidden "Good Luck!"
Marisa Harper $25.00
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Rachael Morrison Hidden
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TJ Miller $150.00
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Ernest Barber $25.00
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Janice Walker $25.00 "Our continued prayers are with you, Hayden and your family. Much success on the run. DJ and Janice Walker"
Shankar Pillai $100.00
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Mary Vaughan Hidden "Good Luck!!! I know you can do it Melissa!"
Michael Hyland Hidden
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Wayne Daniel $25.00 "As Always Greg, proud of you and work for others. NEVER GIVE-UP!"
Irma Howland $50.00
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Anita Triantafilledes $25.00
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Sobhan Banerjee Hidden
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Leslie Braxton Hidden
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John Thiel $100.00 "Good luck to Team Hayden! Love, John & Jenny Thiel"
Hayden's Admirer $150.00
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