BENEFITING: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
It's almost time for my 5th 26.2 mile jog around the streets of a major city, with arguably the greatest of them all providing the backdrop for a second year running!
This year I'm really happy to be able to run in support of two different Crohn's and Colitis charities - CCFA, who are based here in the U.S, and Crohn's and Colitis U.K, who I ran in aid of in Paris in 2011. A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored me in the past - your kind donations have helped support some truly fantastic causes.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBDs) aren't the type of illness that you hear being dropped into casual conversation on a day-to-day basis. The fact of the matter however is that they unfortuantely affect many, many people. Latest estimates suggest that as many as 1 in 200 are affected by these diseases in the USA alone, which mainly manifest themselves in the form of Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis. These diseases are often particularly agressive and as of yet there is no definiable cure. Surgery and medication can help control flare-ups, but those who have these diseases continue to be reminded of their conditions on a day-to-day basis.
My family has first hand exeperience of dealing with these difficult conditions - my younger brother was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis over 4 years ago and has had to deal with health issues that no person should ever have to experience. Thankfully, he has been able to benefit from pioneeting medical treatment - treatment that is supported by such organizations as CCFA.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. They are at the forefront of research into these diseases and fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, their educational workshops and programs, along with their scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.
Organizations like CCFA do really great work, and will continue to do so by relying on generous supporters like you! So please dig deep and spare all you can - anything you can chip in here goes a long way and would be very much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your support, and to all New Yorkers, I'll see you on the streets on November 2nd! Watch this space for viewing point updates!