Half Marathon

When I decided to begin my journey to lose weight and get healthy in December, I never dreamed I would be signing up for a half-marathon this year. My goal was to run a 5k sometime in 2010. But God had other plans. I will complete the 13.1 run/walk at the Wine Country Half Marathon from Napa to Sonoma July 18, 2010 to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

My family has been affected by both of these diseases. My late grandma, Irene, suffered from colitis for decades. My godmother, Janice, has battled colitis for as long as I can remember. My uncle, Will, has suffered for years from both Crohn’s and Colitis. I walk with the hope that some day, the diseases that have affected my family will be eradicated. I walk for them. I walk for a cure.

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 $3,800 in donations to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. That’s only 76 people donating $50!!! I AM MOTIVATED! I AM COMMITTED!! I WILL DO IT!

More than 80 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 prayers, good wishes and positive vibes to sustain me in my training and your praise as I cross the finish line will also be graciously accepted. The CCFA received one of only six “A” ratings from the American Institute of Philanthropy, consistently meets the standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

I hope that my participation in this wonderful cause will bring some hope and support to those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Thank you very much for your consideration, and contribution to this amazing cause! Everyone can make a difference and change lives! GO TEAM CHALLENGE 2010!

Remember – any contribution you make is tax deductible. Once you make a donation through my web site, you will automatically receive a confirmation email with tax deduction information. You can learn more by clicking on this link.

I will be blogging about my training here at Losing it, as well as documenting all my exercising at DailyMile.

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