Ashley's 1/2 Marathon for Crohn's Disease
I have decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. On February 5th, 2017 I will participate in the New Orleans Rock N' Roll 1/2 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. Please consider donating to the CCFA on my behalf in this way; your support is deeply appreciated by me and so many others.
Last year at this time, I could not walk because of complications related to my Crohn's disease. I spent Christmas and New Year's Eve of 2015 in the hospital. I missed my college graduation, my Uncle's wedding, my sister's dance recital, and countless other opportunities because I was too sick to attend. I tried several intensive medications to no avail and spent months attempting to get my disease into remission.
Despite 5 hospitalizations and 2 surgeries, I completed my Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Psychology with a cumulative GPA of 3.93, was named "1 of 13 Inspiring Women with Chronic Illness" by Cosmopolitan Magazine, and entered into an accelerated graduate degree program.
Since being diagnosed at age 16, my disease has severely intensified, but so has my courage and strength. I struggle daily with the physical, emotional and social toll Crohn's disease imposes on me. Through my hardships, I have finally learned to overcome the embarrassment of discussing my disease; I now share openly and honestly about what I go through in the hope of informing, inspiring and helping others. In doing so, I have been afforded encouraging and impactful opportunities, one being a spot on Team Challenge for the CCFA.
A year ago, I could not walk and today I am training for my first race. I will be running in the New Orleans Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon on February 5th, 2017 with Team Challenge to raise money for Crohn's disease research. This is a cause I am so deeply passionate about. I want to find a cure for my disease so that myself and others will someday no longer have to suffer. I kindly ask that you consider donating to help me reach my fundraising goal of $3,400. Any contribution is unequivocally helpful and appreciated.
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If you are interested in learning more about my Crohn's story, please visit my website www.ashleyesper.com. My goal in being open and honest with myself and others about my disease is to prove that I will not let this disease win; I have Crohn's Disease, Crohn's Disease does not have me.
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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