|We are so excited to have signed up for Team Challenge, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's (CCFA) half marathon training program. Over the next 16 weeks, we will be putting our bodies to the test and training for the Virginia Wine Country half marathon to benefit Crohn's & colitis research.
Hey everyone, as most of you know I (Aryn) suffer from Crohn's Disease. I have been in and out of the hospital for several years, but I wasn't officially diagnosed until February 2010. Strength and determination helped me overcome a lot of my daily struggles.
Last May, with the help of Norwin High School's student council and staff members, I was able to organize the very first "Crohn's Awareness Day" at the High School. We had encouraged staff members and students to wear purple (the signature color for Crohn's awareness) along with selling t-shirts and awareness ribbon pins. The awareness event raised $300-400, and every penny went to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I am still working with my doctors to formulate an effective treatment plan. Unfortunately, it has been a painful wait for me as I deal with complications from the Crohn's and my other health issues. In the meantime, I have decided to do something about this disease that effects so many children and adults. On Wednesday Feb. 9, I officially signed up to be apart of CCFA's Team Challenge 1/2 marathon race. It is an event/organization that raises money for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research. In hopes of reaching my goal of $3,200 before June 4th, I am asking all of you to consider donating to this worthy cause and help those that suffer from these terrible diseases.
I thank all of you for taking your time to read this message and I hope you all will consider donating.
The race takes place in Loudoun County, VA on June 4th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are, they are both painful, seldom discussed and often isolating digestive diseases. Over 1.4 million Americans, including thousands of children have received this life-changing diagnosis, one of them being Patrick, our Honored Teammate. Patrick is eight years old and is in the third grade. He loves school, especially math and recess. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in May of 2009, just after turning seven. He is very thankful to CCFA for providing such a wonderful camp experience for kids that have these diseases.
We sincerely thank you for your support as we take on this challenge! It is going to be one of the most rewarding accomplishments of our lives! All of your donations are 100% tax deductable, and every dollar has the chance to be the dollar that finds a cure, or at least the next medical treatment! For your convenience, you may donate using your credit card on this secure website. If you would prefer to write a check, please make it payable to CCFA and send it to our mailing address. Thank you so much! With your help we WILL find a cure for Aryn, Patrick and all Crohn's & colitis patients!