Marathon #39 – 26.2 for Lisa
I first became involved with Team Challenge New England after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2010. I decided on giving back through running because it was always something I loved to do. During the early onset of the disease and after being diagnosed I was not healthy enough to run long distances or even enjoy a short run due to pain and fatigue. When I was healthy and strong enough again to run long distances, about 2 years after being diagnosed, I joined TCNE not only as a way to help raise vital funds, but also as a way of fighting back against the disease and taking control of my life again.
Crohn’s Disease was not unfamiliar to me, my dad also has Crohn’s Disease and colitis. I watched him deal with the symptoms of these diseases my whole life and have also been around for 3 out of 6 surgeries he has had to help correct damage to his intestinal tract. At first my diagnosis was heartbreaking for my parents because they knew what type of life was ahead of me, but I decided the only way to deal with this new life was to help prevent other families from going through the same experiences. Crohn’s Disease, colitis, and other forms of IBD are highly genetic and can appear at any point in life from early childhood to seniors, which makes finding treatments and cures that will be a benefit to all patients very difficult.
I met Marc through TCNE and immediately learned about his passion for helping raise awareness and funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. His passion for running is just as strong as his passion for this charity and because of people like him my family has hope for a future which includes much more progressive management treatments and possibly a cure for all types of IBD! There have been tremendous discoveries over recent years, but there is still a lot of work to be done for my family and all the other families affected by IBD to have a better future. Please consider supporting Marc in all his tremendous efforts to raise awareness and vital funds for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and know that each dollar you are able to generously give is beyond appreciated.
Running 26.2 for Lisa!
Marathon 39 – Recap