Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my fundraising page! I have decided to run the 40th Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017 to raise funds for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. My beautiful daughter Alessandra was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 3. She is now a 17 year-old senior in high school. She continues to battle this disease on a daily basis. Alessandra has endured years of colonoscopies, endoscopies, countless medications, injections and treatments. Her artistic endeavors sometimes appear to be the only respite to her discomfort and distress. I would do anything to take away the stomach pain, cramping and fatigue she experiences. Through it all, she remains one of the most positive and courageous persons I have ever met.
We need a cure. Without funding, we cannot find one. Without funding, we cannot support the estimated 1.6 million people living with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis in the U.S. Without funding, we cannot spread awareness about these terrible and debilitating diseases. Please help me raise vital funds for research and education by supporting my important mission as a Team Challenge Crohn's & Colitis participant.
John, Yadira, Alessandra and Marisol Rangel
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.
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