Crohn’s TeamChallenger is a collaborative fundraising effort with the purpose of raising money for children with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis (classified as inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD). This is my personal effort as a member of Team Challenge, New York. We are diligently training for the Las Vegas half marathon on December 6, with the hopes that our efforts will inspire people just like you to donate to this very worthy cause with the knowledge that you will profoundly impact the lives of sick and deserving children. Please follow and sponsor me as I push my physical limits, and and get out the word that there is hope for children with IBD to live a healthy normal lifestyle. Together, we can make it possible for that dream to be realized.

All proceeds go to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Many have asked me why I am doing this. The answer quite frankly is just that I want to do something good for people in need. Prior to the great people I met through Team Challenge New York, I never knew anyone with Crohn’s disease. I did however know the severity of it, and so have decided to commit myself to this cause, and rally for it with all the enthusiasm and effort possible.

This is my pledge:

I will do whatever it takes to raise as much money and awareness as I can for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. All of my free time and resources will from now on be dedicated to helping those who may benefit from this mission. That means when I am not working I will be running, and when I am not running I will be blogging, when I am not blogging I will be writing letters and making phone calls… whatever it takes.

Please, help me make a difference in someone’s life today!



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  1. I am working with a non-profit organization in Canada, the GI Society (also known as the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research). They are hosting free lectures on IBD treatments for Canadian IBD patients and their friends and families. I was wondering if you might be interested in posting about this if you have any Canadian readers. If so, then just send me an e-mail and I could send you additional information.

    Many thanks,

  2. Hi… I have an 11 year old son who was diagnosed in July ’09 with Crohn’s Disease. His Crohn’s is considered mild to moderate yet he still has missed about 25 days of school so far! I just want you to know that I really admire your efforts to raise funds to help find a cure for IBD. God bless you!

    • Ann, I really appreciate your comment. Thank you for sharing this with me. That’s so sad that even with a “mild to moderate” form he has been so heavily impacted by Crohn’s. A good friend of mine caught wind of this blog and sent an email recently saying she never wanted to tell anyone, but it was because of IBS that she had to drop out of high school and later take the GED to graduate.

  3. HI all I’m 48 with crohn’s have had since I was 14, was lucky enough to have 1 child, she was diagnosed 3 years ago , she hasn’t had the surgeries I have had,this is the first I have heard of being passed along to children ,has anyone out there have this happen ?

    • I’m going to post this question to the Crohn’s Disease Support Network. Thank you for commenting Donna and I wish you and your child well.

    • Hi Donna, I’ve posted your question to a group of people I coordinate with at the Crohn’s Disease Support Network. Take a look, and let me know which answers are the best match. Best of luck to you!

      Passing Down Crohn’s

      – Nick

  4. Hi – you are an amazing inspiration Nicholas, thank you! I am so glad I found you. Whilst I am not a child with Crohns, I can imagine how awful it would be, to be a child, to receive this diagnosis. Its hard enough as an adult.

    I found another blog via your site, and wrote a rather long, convoluted comment there – you might want to read it – I hope its ok to post a link here – http://fallenposters.wordpress.com/2007/01/20/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-or/#comment-10848

    That is – if you have time, because I also want to help now, share some experiences, because many complications of this awful, awful disease are preventable – and I made the big mistake of not doing this and lost much. Things looking more positive now and I am reaching out to find people like you for the first time – even though I have had this disease for years.

    If I can help others now, especially children, to avoid much of what I have been through, and am going through – this would make everything worthwhile! 🙂

    And to support people like you in this process if I can ….

    Thank you – you are one in a million, your generousity of spirit, and heart 🙂 The world is a better place because of people like you!

    Kind Regards

    • Megan, that was such a kind comment of yours. I just got it on my phone while driving out to thanksgiving dinner. Pulled over because I had to say thank you. Happy Thanksgiving, I’ll read that link in a bit.

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