Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Hi Everyone! This year I am participating with Team Challenge of Denver running half marathons in Kona, HI & Napa, CA for the
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America!

CCFA is very near and dear to my heart as not only do I have Crohn’s disease but also have many friends &  family effected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBD for short) as well. I had never heard of Crohn’s Disease until I was talking to my Aunt, who has lived with this her whole life, about what my best friend was experiencing and going through. Then on Feb. 14, 2008, as I stood in the hospital with my best friend Bryann, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and then just 6 months — to the day — on Aug. 14, 2008, I was then diagnosed with the same disease. Four months after my diagnosis I was rushed in for an emergency resection of my small intestine. Since my surgery, I have been very blessed by only having a few flare-ups and not having to take any medications or treatments but managing my disease with diet and exercise.

I am running these half marathons not only for my best friend, Aunt and myself but also  for those effected by this disease that haven’t had such an easy road. This is my way of showing my support, love and strength that there will be a cure one day. In order to help raise awareness, find new research, treatments and help with medical bills for those that cannot afford to be treated by this disease, I will be fundraising $7,000.

If you are interested on donating toward this cause and helping reach my goal, do so by visiting http://online.ccfa.orga/rachelbabcock

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