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.


Two Sources of Inspiration in the Fight Against Crohn’s Disease

October 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I want to share today two names of great people. Dr. Stacy Spaulding and Jennifer Robinson.

Dr. Spaulding is a former professor of mine at Towson University in Maryland. She has been a source of constant source of knowledge and inspiration for me as I’ve traversed the continent trying to leave a footprint on this life. when I announced my fundraising effort, she so readily took up the cause and has helped get the word out about the Crohn’s TeamChallenger project. This week she took it a step further and made a very generous contribution to my fundraiser.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything you’ve done.

The second person is Jennifer Robinson, a woman I have never met who reached out to me yesterday and told me her story. She told me about her battle against Crohn’s disease that has been going on for over two years now. She told me about the pain and discomfort, and the constant illness that at one point caused her weight to drop rapidly to just 90 lbs. Jennifer is doing much better now thanks to innovative new treatments and lifestyle changes she’s made. I look forward to speaking with her again soon.

Thank you Jennifer for sharing your story. You are a renewed source of motivation for me.

Folks, please donate to this cause so the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America can continue developing new treatments and one day a cure for the hundreds of thousands of people living in this country with Crohn’s disease.

Training and Fundraiser update

September 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yesterday the word went out about the TeamChallenger Boozin’ for a Cure party at Stumble Inn on Monday, Oct. 5 from 9-10pm. I’m so happy to see people signing up already. Who knew doing something for a good cause could be so much fun!

I want you all to be assured that I am pouring all that I have into this effort. But despite that it is YOU the readers, supporters, and contributors who are making this opportunity possible. It is because of YOU that I am now running 5 to 6 miles at a time, 4 days a week and will continue striving to do even better.

It is because of YOU that we have raised hundreds of dollars already and will raise thousands more before December comes to give a better life to the the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children living with Crohn’s disease in this country.

Thank you all.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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