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Team Challenge NYC 2014

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BENEFITING: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

ORGANIZER: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Jessica Muir

THE STORY:

I was diagnosed in Aug. 2001 with Crohn's Disease. It was a sign of relief finally having a diagnosis after 5 or 6 months of debilitating pain and embarrassment and ongoing tests, however the timing couldn’t have come at a worse time.  I was diagnosed just 2 weeks before moving 3 ½ hours away to start my freshman year of college.  Two weeks was not a lot of time for me to wrap my head around the fact that I have a chronic (controllable but not curable) disease on top of mentally preparing being on my own at college and all the stresses that come with that new phase of life.  While I was at college I found that running allowed me the time needed to process all these major changes and I’ve been incorporating running into my life ever since.  It’s been a savior for me! 

In the 12 plus years since I’ve been diagnosed, I’ve been very fortunate to be healthy.  I’ve only had 1 flare up during that time, and I’ve had to undergo sinus surgery in Feb. 2014 due to an infection that wasn’t clearing up.  My Crohn’s medicine prevents my body from being able to fight off infection like a healthy person can.

I have always had this feeling of accomplishing something big, something that seems almost impossible to me.  It might sound silly but the number 1 thing on my bucket list is to run a marathon.  I don’t just want to run in one but I feel like it’s something I need to do.  The thought of training and running in a marathon is terrifying to me but thinking of the huge sense of accomplishment as I cross the finish line makes me get all emotional and that trumps everything.

Last year, I got my best friend involved in running as she was going through a very difficult time in her life and after we ran in a half marathon last October we immediately signed up for the NYC Marathon.  We were on cloud nine and felt like we could do anything.  She recently made it into the NYC Marathon via the lottery process and I did not.  I couldn’t leave her at the start line by herself.  After all, this was my dream and she was being the supportive friend.  After a week of searching, I came across a meaningful way to potentially get in the race.  I didn’t want to just sign up for one of the many charities that they have listed because I wanted it to be meaningful to me. 

I found the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America listed as one of the charities I could raise money for and get an entry in the race and now here I am.  I couldn't be more grateful to find such a great charity to raise money for and make my dream come true.  It's amazing to come full circle.

$3,160

MONEY RAISED
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  • Devon NEss

    $100

  • Sheena and Michael Dziados

    $25

  • Jude, Jason, and Quinn McCrea

    $25

  • Barb & Dave Keeler

    $50

  • The Skubic Family

    $50

  • Kathy & Jeremy Peters

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Renee Cichy

    $100

  • Semesky Family

    $50

  • bryan and cassidy reaume

    $100

  • Kimberly Condon

     

  • Michael Cichy

    $50

  • Schilb Family

    $100

  • Jenny, Jack and kids

    $50

  • The Phelans

    $100

  • Grandma Jirik

    $100

  • Various cash donors

    $200

  • DocuXcel and TE Connectivity

    $400

  • Scott, Michael and Katie Muir

    $200

  • Matt Cichy

    $300

  • Various Cash Donors

    $110

  • Danny, Jamie, & Bryan Gregorits

    $50

  • Chuck and Neva Cichy

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Lichkus Family

    $500

  • Aunt Janice, Uncle Vince, Amanda and Jennifer Delaney

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

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90% Raised of $3,500 Goal

The Team: $59,304 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Doug Wolf

Amount Raised

$12,300

 

47% Raised of $26,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Daniel Abelson

Amount Raised

$6,850

 

196% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Scott Sontag

Amount Raised

$5,693

Fundraiser Title

Maddie Rottman

Amount Raised

$5,450

 

109% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Hannah Goldberg

Amount Raised

$5,360

 

107% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Todd Wolk

Amount Raised

$3,751

 

107% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristine Fulco

Amount Raised

$3,575

 

102% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Bosworth

Amount Raised

$3,500

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Aunt Janice, Uncle Vince, Amanda and Jennifer Delaney

Aunt Janice, Uncle Vince, Amanda and Jennifer Delaney

DONATION: $50

Jessica, We watched you grow up from a baby to a beautiful, smart, amazing Niece, Friend, Cousin, Wife and Mom. We wish you the best as you reach yet another goal in life! Love and Health, Aunt Janice, Uncle Vince, Amanda and Jennifer 4 years ago

The Lichkus Family

The Lichkus Family

DONATION: $500

Keep up the great work being all you can be! Change is the best way to grow plus life with it's bumps in the road make us want to see what is just around the bend. 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Way to go girl! Very proud of you! Now get out there and run! LOVE Colleen & Carl 4 years ago

Chuck and Neva Cichy

Chuck and Neva Cichy

DONATION: $100

Supporting Jess and CCFA! Thank you!!! 4 years ago

Danny, Jamie, & Bryan Gregorits

Danny, Jamie, & Bryan Gregorits

DONATION: $50

Go Sis! I'm so proud of you for running (literally) after your goal! Can't wait to watch you cross the finish line! Love ya! 4 years ago

Various Cash Donors

Various Cash Donors

DONATION: $110

Thank you Gregorits Family ($40), Amanda Delaney and Gold's Gym Raffle ($20), Fred-A-Fit Raffle ($50). 4 years ago

Matt Cichy

Matt Cichy

DONATION: $300

Go for it - Jess! 4 years ago

Scott, Michael and Katie Muir

Scott, Michael and Katie Muir

DONATION: $200

We would say good luck, but with the amount of hard work you have been putting in you won't need it on race day! Mikey and Katie say "Go Mommy!" 4 years ago

DocuXcel and TE Connectivity

DocuXcel and TE Connectivity

DONATION: $400

Thank you to all DocuXcel and TE Connectivity employees for supporting CCFA by buying baked goods! We had a really successful bake sale in July thanks to all of you. I am so thankful for the outpouring of generosity! 4 years ago