Brent Hinson is Taking Steps to Fight Crohn’s Disease

March 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Fundraising event | Leave a comment
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This is a message from a good friend, Brent Hinson. He is the Advocacy Chairperson for the Tennessee Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. This year he will be participating in the Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis event to raise money for research and development of new treatments and hopefully soon a cure, for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Best of luck from myself and the rest of your friends out here in the Big Apple!Brent Hinson of the Tennessee chapter of the CCFA

In just under 2 months, I’ll travel to Nashville to take part in this year’s “Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis” fund raising event.

For the past two years, I’ve raised funds and money close to home in West Tennessee. This year, as Advocacy Chair for the Tennessee Chapter of the CCFA, I thought I would volunteer, meet and walk with IBD patients from all over the state.

In trying to come up with creative ways to raise money for my team, The Rolling Crohn’s, I thought I would keep it simple.

I remember one of my high school teachers, Mr. Bearden, reading the “By The Numbers” section out of Harper’s Bazaar magazine to us from time to time. I thought I would take that approach in trying to relate what this disease and subsequent cure means to me.

* 48 staples in my abdomen after my colon resection. (September 2000)
* 10 years since my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. (February 2000)
* 6 Remicade treatments I receive each year.
* 5 hospital stays since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
* 4 colonoscopies I have had in my life.
* 3 Crohn’s-related kidney stones I’ve passed or had broken up.
* 2 tubes inserted down my nose into my stomach.
* 1/4 of my colon removed during my resection.
* 1 son who I never want to see go through all the terrible things I’ve been through since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Help me raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s and colitis so that others, especially young ones, don’t have to experience the pain and frustration of these terrible conditions.

Please help me raise money for my “Take Steps” team by donating to The Rolling Crohn’s here.

We’d love to have you join us Saturday, May 22nd in Nashville, Tennessee.

Take Steps and Be Heard!

Please re post and help raise as much awareness we can!

Thank you so much.




Crohn’s Disease Vegas Rock n’ Roll Marathon Training and Fundraising Update

November 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Posted in training | 1 Comment
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Here’s a status report on my training and fundraising efforts for the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll half marathon to benefit children with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Also included in this post are some tips on running long distance in a good time. If you haven’t donated yet, please do. There are few places better than this to make your money work this hard for such a great cause.

Running for Children with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

The training has been going very well. Extraordinarily well actually. Last week I did a 12 mile jog in 1:46 minutes. That comes to 4 miles more than my previous distance record from the weekend before, and a pace that sets me on track to meet or surely beat my goal time of 1:55 for the half-marathon in December.

On Wednesday I cut the distance in half but picked up the pace and added some hills- came out to 6 miles in 49 minutes.

I can attribute my successful workout to the training advice from, Jay Hachadoorian, our phenomenal personal trainer. He gave me some tips the weekend prior on staying properly hydrated, and moderating pace and breathing as I run. I’ll include those tips in the next post.

On the fundraising front, I’m pleased to announce that with the help of some amazingly generous people (you’re probably one of them at this point, thank you!), we have so far raised $1195.00 for children with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

That’s an amazing amount, really. These donations make a huge difference.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s time to pat ourselves on the back just yet. With 3 weeks to go, my project is still short of its $4000.00 goal.

Please help us reach that goal in any way possible. If you donated, and want to do donate again you can! It’s tax deductible and the end of the year filing period is coming up soon. If you have friends who might be interested in helping, please tell them! Any small measure of support is welcome and appreciated and no donation is too small. Certainly none is too large either!

Don’t forget, the end of the year is coming up and now is the perfect time to accrue some tax deductions!

Thank you for reading and supporting, see you at the finish line.

The Benevolence of Strangers

October 23, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The internet is an interesting place, especially this latest rendition of it. It’s gone from a large ocean fed by tributaries of voices washing across the phone lines to a series of focused and highly vocal communities. This great ocean has been desalinized and drained into small glasses- easy to drink from. Easier still to fill again.

The most beautiful thing to come out of the internet’s second coming, is the focused communities it so desperately needed in the first. The noise has been tuned into, to the point where I can take up a cause and 2 months later have close friends that I help and who help me in return.

Today a fellow advocate for Crohn’s awareness wrote this about me on his website.

I want to give a special note for Nicholas Collard. He is someone who does not have Crohn’s Disease, and didn’t know anyone with it. He took it upon himself to start doing marathon fundraisers for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). He has also right now switched focus to Camp Oasis, and helping kids. This is a wonderful camp for kids with Irritable Bowel Diseases.

Nicholas was also incredibly kind to feature CDSN in his blog:

More information can be found about Nicholas under the Crohn’s Fund-raising tab; def worth the read!

Thanks Nicholas for all your support and awareness for IBD.


This really means a lot, and as I keep saying, it serves as further motivation to keep up the cause. Thank you.

Also, don’t forget, I am raising money for children with Crohn’s Disease. I say this for those who just stumbled onto here from Google. If you would like to contribute to this charity fundraiser, click here to be redirected to my CCFA page. We’ve raised $850 so far, and are steadily on the way to making the $4000 goal by December. All money goes to the CCFA, which funds Camp Oasis for children suffering from Irritable Bowel Diseases.

Boozin’ for a Cure- Monday Oct. 5, 9-10 PM

September 29, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Stumble Inn Bar on 76th and 2nd Ave (UES)

Stumble Inn Bar on 76th and 2nd Ave (UES)

Come join us at the Stumble Inn on the corner of 76th st. and 2nd Ave. (UES) and let’s drink to a cure! That’s right, the generous managers at Stumble  Inn are letting Crohns TeamChallenger host the first ever Boozin’ For a Cure.

Beer, wine, well drinks, it’s going to be swell! Just $10 at the door and you needn’t pay more for an hour of unlimited drinking. Tell your friends, tell your coworkers! Come one come all- the more the merrier, it’s going to be a regular hootenanny – and all money collected at the door goes to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. So you can drink with the satisfaction of knowing that your inebriated ways are helping to find a cure for hundreds of thousands of people nationwide suffering from this debilitating and life-altering illness.

Please RSVP by leaving a comment here or going to the Boozin’ for a Cure event page on Facebook and signing up. Of course nobody will be turned away, so if you don’t get a chance to sign up feel free to join us anyway!

Remember to tell your friends, your parents, your grandparents, your friends’ grandparents, and anyone else that might be interested!

And what’s more… all drafts are $1 for the rest of the night! Sweet!

Philanthropy rocks! See you there!

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