BENEFITING: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
ORGANIZER: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
Jaime's Race around NYC to conquer Crohn's and Colitis:
On November 29th, 2013 I received a call from my doctor that would forever change my life. After multiple trips to the doctor, tests in the hospital, and countless hours spent searching the interent for an answer, I finally received my answer. My doctor, a polite, nice guy uttered these words to me over the phone: "Your tests came back. You have colitis." I paused, soaked in his words, tried not to cry, and said, "Okay, what does this mean?"
Today, only a few months later, through many changes and ups and downs with my disease I am a stronger person. Although I try not to let colitis define me or determine what I can do, there are many struggles I face dealing with a digestive disease; however, training for endurace races reminds me of how strong I am even on the toughest days.
I am a colitis patient and now I am now a member of the NYC Team Challenge Marathon Team. I will be taking on the NYC Marathon on November 2, 2014, running 26.2 miles through all 5 boroughs of New York City. I will not let colitis defeat me; and better yet I am excited to find a way to use my passion for running to make a difference for the IBD community.
What is Crohns, Colitis, or IBD?
IBD includes Crohn's Disease and Ulceritive Colitis, both incurable, auto-immune diseases that affect nearly 1.5 million Americans. Besides me, you most likely know many others who have it as well.
While many think that IBD is just like a bout of bad Mexican food or in my case what I thought was a parasite that never went away, it's not. It's a disease that starts in your immune system and attacks your own body. It's a disease of pain, fatigue, malnutrition, and for many, major surgery.
Why I am Running:
I an running and fundraising to support continued research of both of these diseases so that the only pain myself and others have to go through is the pain we choose, like pushing ourselves to run a race. I am running for all the people who can't, for mysef, and for my grandmother who also has colitis. I am running to show that even though I have a life-altering disease it is important to always aim high and achieve your dreams (yes, running the NYC marathon is one of my dreams). I am running because I can.
Please consider supporting me and the millions of people who endure the pain from Crohns and Colitis each day. Your dontation to the CCFA is tax-deductible and goes directly toward funding research for a cure! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my efforts as I run 26.2 miles through one of my favorite cities to support finding a cure!