BENEFITING: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
ORGANIZER: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014
I'm excited to run the New York Marathon on 2nd November 2014, and I have decided to run for a cause that deeply affects the health and quality of life of tens of millions around the world: Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. I will be running under Team Challenge with the pledge to raise US$3,500 in donations to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), a non-profit organisation who's mission is to cure Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
These widely spread chronic intestinal diseases are immune system deficiency related and are closely linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). They are inflicting terrible physical and psychological trauma on millions amongst us worldwide (1.4M in the USA only, and widely spread amongst middle eastern Muslim, Jews and Christians alike). What is saddening is that these diseases affect way more people than we could possibly know due to lack of awareness and to social stigma / embarrassment associated with sharing bowel related problems with friends and co-workers. In recent years, medical research got closer to finding the roots of the problem, but today, there is still no cure!
On the bright side, donations are critical and do make a direct impact. Here is a recent scientific initiative from August 2014 that was made possible through donations to CCFA:
"Through our Microbiome Initiative, CCFA-funded scientists are studying how viruses, bacteria and fungi in the intestines affect IBD risk. They've already started developing the first therapies to target bad bacteria and correct imbalances in the gut. This is the first time ever that treatments will address the causes rather than the symptoms of IBD."
I would be most grateful if you could read about the disease, spread awareness and donate via my fundraising site. No donation amount is too small... or two big!!!
Thanks a million for taking the time to read this!
Happy Runner! (after the first mile)