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Max Garcia's Fundraiser:

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon For Crohn's and Colitis

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THE STORY:

Hello my name is Max, I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On July 19, 2015 I will participate in the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. This will be a big undertaking, but it will all be worth it because your donations will not only motivate me to the finish, but they will help us get closer to the cure. Won’t you please consider a donation today?

About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis:

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.6 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. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory condition limited to the colon, otherwise known as the large intestine.

The Mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is: To cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive diseases through education and support.

A little about me and why I joined Team Challenge:

As most of you know, I was born and raised here in the Houston/Galveston area until I was about 14 and my family move to Ithaca, Michigan. I spent about the next 14 years in Michigan until I decided to move back to Houston, because let’s face it there is no place like home and defiantly no place like TEXAS!!!! What most of you don’t know is….about December 27 of 2013 I had a real bad pain in my stomach that just wouldn’t go away, so I went to the emergency room at UTMB. They ran some test and the test came back that my blood sugar was over 430 and my A1C was off the chart. I was diagnosed with acute keno acidosis cause by diabetes. So I was put in ICU for about 3 days and after a week in the Hospital I was discharged with 3-4 types of pills and was told that I would have to take insulin 2-3 times a day. Well that wasn’t going to work for me!! I told myself that day that something has to change!!! At this time I weight close to 275 lbs.

I thought long and hard about what I could do. Doctors said exercise had help fight diabetes in some cases depending on the type that I had. They also said it would be about 4 months to tell what type of diabetes I had. Again this wasn’t going to work for me, I wasn’t going to get adjusted to taking shots and pills for the rest of my life. I decided to walk at Memorial Park after work to try and lose some weight and fight diabetes. Well the more I went to Memorial and saw everyone running the loop, it reminded me of the love I had growing up of running. I Played basketball, baseball and track growing up but running was always my secret love. The only reason I hadn’t been running is because in High school I suffered a bad skiing accident where I hurt my knee and ever since when I tried to play basketball I would hurt it again, so I figured running was out of the question. Boy was I wrong, like I was saying watching all the people running past daily as I walked around the memorial loop gave me the motivation to try and run again.

At first the runs started off slow. I couldn’t even run ½ a mile without getting winded and having to walk for a while. I told myself I was going to run 1 lap (3 miles) without stopping in the next three months or die trying. Well I made my goal in a little over a month and have never looked back. Over the two years I have lost over 75 lbs. and no longer need to take any medication at all. I diabetes is under control and I run anywhere from 25-40 miles a week depending on what race I’m training for. Which bring me to the reason you are here on this page, Team Challenge South Texas and raising money to find a cure for Crohn’s/ Colitis!!!

While I was on a run one day I was thinking, I’m already running and love to do it. What if I could raise money and run races, 5k, 10k, ½ and full marathons, and raise money for causes along the way? Well I made up a gofundme.com page which didn’t work to well. I think I got one donation of five dollars, which I will be donating to CCFA under the donor’s name. Then one day while surfing the web I came across an add asking to join Team Challenge and run a ½ marathon. Through visiting the page I found out that Team Challenge raises money to find a cure of Crohn’s & Colitis. I personally have friends and family that have issue with IDB, Crohn’s and just recently found out that a friend from high school was diagnosed with Colitis. So I agreed to go to a meeting thinking I was signing up for a race here in Texas. Again Boy was I wrong.

My First Team Challenge meet and greet was at Lucky Pub in the Heights, here in Houston. The day of the meeting I thought about not going, and just go on another run, but I’m glad I did. Because there I not only got to know about the Team Challenge and CCFA but also got to meet some of my wonderful teammates, some of which are suffering from Cronin’s & Colitis. Please help me raise my goal of $3,900 and click on the donate button NOW!!!

Here are my Team Challenge and personal goal for the Napa Valley to Sonoma Half Marathon:

Team Challenge Goals:

Raise $3,900 for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Finish the half marathon

Personal Goals:

Finish my first half marathon in under 2 hours and 10 minutes (ran last timed race was a 10k (6.2 miles) @ 1 hour 5 minutes and 46 seconds.

Qualify for the Chevron Houston Marathon with a time of 1 hour and 52 minutes and 55 seconds.

*****Here is a little side bet for extra donations if I make my goal pace. You don’t have to agree to this part but it would be nice*****

If I run the Napa Valley Half Marathon under 2 hours you pledge to add a donation of 25% of your original donation!! My pace would have to be under 09:09:61 a mile

If I run the Napa Valley Half Marathon under 1 hour 55 minutes you pledge to add a donation of 50% of your original donation!! My pace would have to be under 08:46:71 a mile

If I run the Napa Valley Half Marathon under 1 hour 50 minutes you pledge to add a donation of 75% of your original donation!! My pace would have to be under 08:23:81 a mile.

If I run the Napa Valley Half Marathon under 1 hour 45 minutes you pledge to add a donation of 100% of your original donation!! My pace would have to be under 08:00:91 a mile

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