Help us fundraise and run a half marathon for Crohn’s and colitis!

Help us fundraise and run a half marathon for Crohn’s and colitis!

Kevin and I recently decided to take on a new adventure:

to run a half marathon for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis awareness

and

raise $5,000 for Crohn’s and colitis research and awareness.  (Support us!)

This past Saturday, we attended our first half marathon training (which was incredible) and over the next fourteen weeks, we will continue to train with Team Challenge, an endurance-training and Crohn’s and colitis awareness program from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).

On June 1, 2013, our team will travel to Loudon County Virginia to run, walk, and run/walk 13.1 miles for awareness and cures.

As my regular readers know, my brother Ryan and I both have Crohn’s disease.  Ryan was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2006 at age 17 after months of mysterious, painful, and exhausting symptoms. I watched him struggle with the disease, but ultimately reach remission, cheering for him as he went and wishing there was more I could do to make life with Crohn’s easier for him.

Last summer, I found out that I, too, have Crohn’s disease. The last six months have been sometimes frightening and sometimes sad, but mostly full of love and healing and joy.

Me dancing on the beach just a couple weeks after diagnosis. Prednisone makes you feel like a God! (except for the times it makes you feel insane)

But many people are not as lucky as Ryan and I. Many people continue to struggle through medications that don’t work, multiple surgeries, and long, miserable flares. That’s why Kevin and I are training for this half marathon and have committed to raising $5,000 for CCFA by April 22, 2013.

Please support our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to CCFA through our fundraising page:http://www.active.com/donate/virginiaWPAWVA13/ehuttonksouth  

You may also mail us a check (email or tweet at me for our address) made payable to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

CCFA does AWESOME stuff like fund research grants and sponsor support groups.

I’ll be posting training updates and photos here as we progress! Kevin is out running RIGHT NOW! I’ve got some kind of sinus thing and so I’m taking a rest day, but as soon as I’m breathing normally again you can bet I’ll be out there! But for now, let’s all cheer for Kevin!

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