I am about to embark on a fantastic journey and I need your help! I will complete the 13.1-mile Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on December 6th, 2009, to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
I am running in honor of my wife, Jennifer. Jennifer has lived with ulcerative colitis for the past few years. It frustrates me that while Jennifer has the best doctors and support available, there simply is no easy way to go about treating ulcerative colitis in the long term. Even after numerous tests and treatments, Jennifer maintains a positive attitude, as hard as this must be. She is truly an inspiration. She is a beacon of strength not only to our family, but to everyone that comes into contact with her. She is my honored hero.
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. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. 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. There are no areas of normal intestine between the areas of diseased intestine. In contrast, such so-called "skip" areas may occur in Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis affects only the innermost lining of the colon, whereas Crohn's disease can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall.
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. Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is primarily a disease of adolescents and young adults, affecting mainly those between 15 and 35. However, Crohn's disease can also occur in people who are 70 or older and in young children as well. In fact, 10 percent of those affected -- or an estimated 100,000 -- are youngsters under the age of 18. On average, people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in their mid-30s, although the disease can occur at any age.
Together, we can make a difference! As a member of Team Challenge, I have a coach, a training program, and teammates to support me. I have committed to a training schedule with additional trainings with my team on the weekends, and I’ve promised to raise donations for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I AM MOTIVATED! I AM COMMITTED!! I WILL DO IT!!! (Watch your mail for my post-event news update.)
By now I hope you agree with me about the importance of this cause. Please help support me by giving generously.
WE MADE OUR GOAL!
Thank you to all who have donated!
A special thanks to my top Contributors, Rich Katin from Reinhart Foodservice and Steve and Mary Jo Sievers, with $250!!!