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Katie & Billy awaiting takedown surgery

Billy and I have embarked on an exciting journey and we need your support! Over the next several months, we will be challenging ourselves and changing lives with Team Challenge Tri! Along with our teammates, we will train for the TriRock Triathlon in Clearwater, Florida, while fundraising for a very important cause - the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.Over 1.4 million Americans (1 in 200!) are affected by these debilitating diseases, in which the immune system attacks the digestive system. Symptoms can include (but are not limited to) intestinal bleeding, ulcerations, intense pain and cramping, weight loss, malnutrition due to the inability to absorb nutrients, narrowings and fistulae. These diseases can lead to cancer and life-threatening complications. Children are the fastest-growing population being diagnosed.

More than 82 cents of every dollar raised goes directly towards vital research, patient support services, and educational programming for patients, their families, and doctors. If you would like to know more about Katie and Billy's personal journey with the disease, please visit Katie's Blog: www.katieucblog.blogspot.com With YOUR help, we can reach our fundraising goal and cross that finish line in hopes of a cure from these terrible diseases.

Thank you in advance for visiting our page and for your invaluable support! Together, we can help the CCFA get miles closer to a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis!

Total Donations Collected:$11,810.00
Goal: $7,800
$0 151% $7,800
About Team Challenge
Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon and Triathlon Training Programs, you'll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures.

About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract and may affect any part from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.

About CCFA
Since our founding over four decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our educational workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.
Contributor Amount Comment
Andrea Boccard $100.00 "You guys are an inspiration! Love, Andrea & Jason Boccard"
Georgianna Dolan-Reilly $20.00 "What a great cause. Having worked for the CCFA in the past I know these diseases all too well, and having the personal experience of my own GI conditions as well as those of friends and family I can say that they truly impact every aspect of your life. Every donation to run the organizations that seek to improve quality of life for individuals with these conditions helps! Best of luck with your challenge and fundraising! I know you will do great, and thank you for sharing your story. "
Nicole Chiavarini $150.00 "Katie and Billy, Wishing you Success in reaching your goal and helping to find a cure! With much Admiration and Love, Nicole Chiavarini & Regina Boccard and a Very Special Guardian Angel "CJ" "
Meghan & Bryan Prior $200.00 "Katie we love you! So excited you will be doing this in Clearwater, we will be there to cheer you and Billy on!"
Gabrielle Orelli $20.00 "Katie, you are such an inspiration! I'm so excited to complete my first half this weekend in your honor! Good luck to you and Billy in your amazing adventure! xoxo"
Alden Davis $100.00 "Love you tons and I can't wait to see you"
Jim & Peggy Pearce/Molitor $50.00 "Good Luck!!!"
Andrew and Kelly Pettit $100.00 "Good luck, train hard and have fun! Love, Kelly and Andrew"
Monica Hayden $50.00 "Go Katie and Billy!!"
Erin Maybeck $150.00 "Swim, Run, Bike!!! Love you guys!"
Taisy Conk $20.00 "I'm so impressed! Happy to help the cause in any small way. Hope the race is FUN!"
Mary Reyelts $250.00 "Love you. Admire you. Support you. Even though I've yet to see your beautiful Eva."
Jade Madden $75.00 "Hey Katie & Billy, It's so awesome for the two of you to take on this triathlon for a great cause:) -Jade & Rob Madden"
Taryn Burke $100.00 "We are so proud of you guys!! We will be cheering you on from NY! <3 Taryn & Eric"
julie carino $100.00 "Katie, The carino's love you, keep up the fight for a cure!!"
Anonymous $100.00 "So proud of you Katie! You are an inspiration to us all! Good Luck to you and Billy!......Let's find a CURE!!!! xox"
Katie Pearce $91.83 "Congrats on the success of your Booster!"
Suzanne Reuter $50.00 "good luck in the triathlon! hope you and your family are doing well! congrats again on the baby :)"
Michelle Orelli $20.00 "You are so strong and inspiring! I know you will kick butt on this triathlon!! Love you!"
Samantha Warren $25.00 "With all you've overcome, this tri will be a walk (swim and bike) in the park. Enjoy it, and cheers to your good health and beautiful family. You guys are the best!"
Thayer Orelli Hidden "Katie & Billy, You make an incredible team & we know how hard you have been training. Wishing you both the very best of luck in your upcoming race! Keep on Keeping on! Love, Thayer, Todd + Siena "
Luis Rodriguez-Vodak $50.00 "Good luck guys! Hope to see you soon!"
Anna Jarashow $25.00 "You are doing great work here, Katie! Truly inspiring!"
Chris Searles $50.00 "Sorry it took so long for me to donate. Thanks so much for the support this past week, it was great to see you and I'll be seeing you soon!"

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