On November 1st, I will run the New York City Marathon with Team IBDkids. I'm pumped for this day because despite being a runner for years, this will be my first marathon! As a native New Yorker, I watched the race for years and always dreamed about running it myself.
While all of that is fantastic, the best part is I'll be training and racing to raise money to help kids with IBD -- a disease that causes some kids to have daily pain that impacts many aspects of their lives. This cause is very important to me because I have lived with Crohn's Colitis for more than 15 years. As a father of two young daughters, I want to show them this disease will not impact my ability to live life to the fullest. I also want to do my part to ensure that kids that are diagnosed with IBD receive the first-class medical care and support they need to live full, enjoyable, and productive lives.
Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, the two illnesses known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, are chronic, often debilitating conditions that cause swelling, inflammation and pain in the digestive tract. In children, IBD can impair growth and development. Its causes are only partially understood and there is no known cure.
Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program provides families with a team of experts dedicated to the particular challenges of treating and managing Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in children and young adults. The proceeds raised by Team IBDkids will be used to fund research into pediatric IBD and for increased education, care and patient services, allowing children to lead normal, productive lives.
Please visit www.ibdkids.org to learn more. Thank you so much for your support.
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