Eric Berlin via Crowdrise
September 10, 2012
BENEFITING: GASTRO-INTESTINAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2012
I am running the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation (http://girf.org/). Over the last twenty-seven years, my Crohn's disease has affected me to varying degrees. I've had surgery and at other times been quite sick, trying various therapies to get back into remission. On the other hand, over the last twenty-seven years, I have learned to cope with the condition to minimize its distruptiveness. I've even had periods of relatively good heath, during which I've enjoyed my passion for endurance sports. Exceeding that passion is my desire to help find better treatments and even a cure so folks with Crohn's and other digestive diseases can live better lives.
All my efforts in this area have been to benefit the University of Chicago's GIRF, as the Foundation is known, because I have the most faith in those physicians and researchers and because almost all of the money that I raise goes directly to fund research and educational programs. GIRF is not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for clinical and laboratory research in digestive diseases in the Gastroenterology Section at the University of Chicago Medical Center. GIRF provides funds for equipment, laboratories and support of investigators and young physicians in the University of Chicago GI Section, a group of full-time dedicated doctors who seek solutions to all kinds of gastrointestinal illnesses, affecting the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine, the liver, the gallbladder, and the pancreas.
I am on GIRF's board and am currently serving in my last year as the Associates Board's President. Many family members, friends, and colleagues have generously supported my efforts to raise funds for GIRF. I am running the Chicago Marathon on October 7 to increase my fundraising efforts this year and perhaps to provide some hope to fellow patients going through rough patches. Please support this one time, special fundraising effort.