Running for Crohn’s disease

This post is very close to my heart… Some of you know that my daughter Catherine has been affected by Crohn’s Disease for the last 2.5 years. It struck when she was a sophomore in high school, and her life has never been the same since… 


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the disease, it is one that affects the intestines. 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. 
Since my family has been touched by this nasty disease, raising funds for this is very dear to my heart. Last year I took part in the local event for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, which was held in Portland Maine. I hope to attend again this year!  In the meantime, I stumbled across the blog “13.1 Going on Crazy”, and Melissa is raising funds for her part in Team Challenge for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. 
Since I have signed up to run 13 races in the year 2013, this was a wonderful opportunity to cross another race off my list!  I signed right up and I would encourage you to do also. No donation is too small either, so you can either donate directly on her page  or sign up for the race. Either way you are helping to find a cure!  I am hoping that people that know my family will take a minute to send a few dollars for this cause. Every penny counts when a disease touches your family. I could go on and on about this, but I will cut off here for the sake of Catherine’s privacy. I hope that someday she will be brave enough to share her story with others on here and help me raise funds for the CCFA. 
Runners/Walkers taking part in the Valentines day race will receive a very nice medal as a token of appreciation. I can’t wait to hang it up on my bling rack with the others!
Love to you all!
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