#MedalMonday #3CORWarriors

Pictures are starting to come in! Make sure to send them to me so I can add them to this page!!!!

email me: rachel.hillary@gmail.com

 

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Kickoff: 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run

Hello!

Ok, it’s the first week of the race and I wanted to touch base with everybody to make sure I communicated all the details again. Better safe than sorry.

So here’s the deal: Starting today, Monday (May 1) and continuing through Sunday (June 3) night you go run, walk, bike, hike, swim etc your own 5K, 10k, half, full or any amount of miles. You can get your miles in whenever and wherever you want to. On the roads? Absolutely. Treadmill? Still Counts. …Track, Trails, Beach, etc? Hell yes. You get the idea. So all you need to do is get your run in, take note of your time, and pop it into the convenient web based entry form HERE. If you have any questions or comments at all, you can email me at: rachel.hillary@gmail.com. Once the race is over and I have all the results back, I’ll compile everything and send it out for with an overall recap email.

MEDALS: Medals are to arrive by end of day today!!! I am super excited to see them and get them out to you ASAP. My goal is to send them out every Friday as more people register. Once I send them out I will send an email with tracking information for you to track your package. I am waiting to get medals to figure out exactly what size bubble mailing envelope I need to send them in. So please, bare with me this week. Also, before I post the medal on social media; I will be sending Ellie & Kym their medals first to see before everyone.

(as I was typing this the boxes arrived!!!!)

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27 boxes = 2000 medals!!!!

Spartan Ft. Carson Sprint/Super: For those of you that are participating in the Ft Carson Sprint/Super in couple weeks (May 13-14),  Laura will have them on hand at the Biggest Team Tent! Find Laura to get your medal. If you would prefer I mail your medal sooner please let me know otherwise if you said “Yes” to running in Ft. Carson, the plan is for you to pick them up there.

And to be honest, that’s about it. Oh, and have fun. That is one of the main goals here. We’re here to raise money for an amazing group of women, but just as importantly we’re here to have a good time while doing it. Don’t forget to use your Charity Miles app if you are running with your phone.

When you do, use the hashtag #3CORWarriors into your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any social media app. This will be a way to “tag” ourselves as the official participants of the 3 COR Warriors virtual race so we can try and tally up all the miles we rack up together.

And lastly, if you’d like to share any part of the experience of your run, or share any pictures, anything at all: please don’t be shy about sending them to me as well. I’ll post them up on my blog and social media so we can all share in the fun!

If you haven’t

I look forward to seeing your times and hearing your stories. If you have any other questions at all, please don’t hesitate to send them to me back at this email address.

Thanks again, and have a great run!

1 Week Away, Sign UP Today!

We are officially 1 week away from the start of the 3 COR Warriors Virtual Run and we couldn’t be more excited about hosting this virtual event in honor of our 3 COR Warriors; Kym, Ellie and Corrina.

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This past weekend Kym and Ellie did their first race back since this accident, the Cherry Creek Sneak along side their COR family who all ran in honor of Corrina.  Prior to the race, the COR captains took a moment to remember Corrina. They blew bubbles in her honor and gave away seed bombs for people to plant on their favorite trail. A highlight to the event was seeing Ellie and Kym cross the finish line together on their own.  The entire event was filled with smiles, tears, laughs, memories, family, and friends.  Below are just a few pictures from the event this weekend.

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Please take a moment and share this event! We promise it is one for the books and the medal is just as badass as these warriors! If you haven’t registered, what is stopping you? Here are just a few reasons to sign up for this race:

  1. Supporting our 3 COR Warriors (Kym, Ellie and Corrina)
  2. Custom 4″ Medal dedicated to these ladies
  3. Chance to win some awesome raffle prizes
  4. Weekly updates and motivation
  5. Community which is more like a family
  6. Enjoy Nature!
  7. Fitness (walk, run, bike, swim any distance you like)

There are a million other reasons why you should join us in this virtual run! If you live in Colorado we have various groups that are getting together to complete this challenge (more details of that to come). We have set up a Facebook event page for people to post pictures, words of encouragement etc. If you like to join the Facebook event page click HERE.

SIGN UP HERE!

1st Round of MEDALS have ARRIVED

Looked what arrived today in the mail!!!! The first shipment of medals for the Guts & Glory 2014 Virtual Run! I am working on prepping to ship them out this weekend of Monday! Please bare with me. If you were hesitant on registering, well you are in luck there are still 25 spots available. Already as a group with 72 people submitting results we have ran 609 miles as a whole! There is still a week left to submit results.

Thus far our group is up to 125 people from all around the world! See for yourself here where people are running: http://wp.me/P4BzVC-4n

Register now via PayPal http://bit.ly/11ujmCw its only $20 and you get this AWESOME medal!

PS did I mention we have some AMAZING and AWESOME prizes we are raffling away.

For more info visit: https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/

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Prizes KEEP coming in!!!

A few more prizes have come in for the Guts & Glory Virtual Run!

ROAD ID has donated 3 gift certificates for us to raffle away.  Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. Currently, we offer 6 different forms of ID: the FIXX ID, the Shoe ID, the Ankle ID, the Wrist ID Sport, the Wrist ID Elite, and the Shoe Pouch ID. They provide various forms of ID to allow a person to decide where they want to wear their vital Identification. We encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.

the Wrist ID Sport

ID should be as common and important as putting on a seat belt when getting into a car, or strapping on a bike helmet to go for a ride. Identification is important for people of all ages. If you are a runner, cyclist, jogger, walker, hiker, climber, skater, skier, boarder, or someone who doesn’t spend all of their time on the couch, then we encourage you to wear ID. Kids need ID too as they rarely have ID when they go out for a bike ride or walk to school.

Here are some stats for you: Each year over 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID. Year after year, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars. Thousands more suffer blackouts, concussions, heart attacks, heat strokes and other serious accidents. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that “every day, 39,000 children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.”

“Not having ID while participating in outdoor activities is a serious risk — a risk that we no longer have to take. We shudder to think that we could be lying in a hospital and the medical staff would not know who to contact or even who we are — simply because we did not have ID. In the event of an accident, we want our family to be contacted immediately. We want them to be at our side as quickly as possible. We want to ensure that we receive proper medical treatment. We encourage everyone to wear ID and stop taking chances.” – Edward Wimmer & Mike Wimmer, Owners

Have you registered yet for the Virtual Run? If not, there is still 6 weeks left to register but why wait! Register now by visiting Active.com (http://www.active.com/denver-co/running/distance-running-races/guts-and-glory-virtual-race-2014?int=)

If you have any questions please ask!

Motivation Monday – Abby Walker

I’d like you to meet Abby Walker, a fellow crohnie that I met via social media during my fundraising for CCFA this past June. Abby found my posts on Instagram and we began chatting. Come to find out that she was living in Kona at the time and would be there during my first half marathon for CCFA, which was June 22, 2014.  Unfortunately due to conflicting schedules we were unable to meet but since then have kept in constant contact.  I’d like to take a moment to share Abby’s story with you and give you another reason why I am proud to run the Vegas Rock n Roll this November in her honor.

 

Abby Walker

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Abby Walker is 29 years old from Indiana.  She primarily works in ministry and missions. Currently she is working with a band and guard getting ready for the start of the season. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease September 2013.

The symptoms began around 2005. Abby was experiencing variety of intestinal pain and discomfort, frequenting the restroom, blood loss, lack of proper nutrition, loss of appetite, face pain, night sweats, eye swelling, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, heartburn, and side effects caused from medications.  In September 2013 she was hospitalized for 4 days due to inflammation and ulcers, and found that she had formed scar tissue that resulted in a bowel obstruction, causing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. The doctors have put Abby on various medications such as Humira, Budesonide 9 mg, Omeprazole, Zoloft, vitamin D, Vitamin C, Probiotic, Multi-Vitamin, and iron supplements as needed

Abby hospital 

Crohn’s has effected Abby in various ways. She was bed ridden for about 4 months, due to severe fatigue, and various other symptoms.  She had to re-learn how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat it, had to learn to manage stress as well as I could and was unable to work for a period of time. The diagnosis and ongoing symptoms has also caused periodic struggles with depression. Abby’s pain tolerance is higher than it was, because most pain meds would irritate her stomach or make her ill. She knows that she will have good days and bad days.  On days when I feel good, I dance, challenge the group with exercise routines, laugh, and enjoy the little things.  Recently though, she’s been flaring for a few weeks, she hasn’t been able to be as physically involved in practices with the group, but that won’t stop her.  She is still there everyday directing and giving instructions to the team.

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Abby now has more hope for the future, and she appreciate so many more little things than she did before, even though she won’t ever have a “normal” health, and eating whatever she choose.  She has struggled with feeling isolated, because of the illness and has even gone down a pants size, but it fluctuates from time to time now. Because of her meds, her immune system is much weaker, therefore causing her to get sick from other things more often, or it takes longer to get rid of a cold, etc.

Advice she gives to fellow and newly diagnosed people with Crohn’s or Colitis is first, find a doctor that specializes, studies, and researches Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Get as many opinions and advice from friends and support groups formed of people who have IBD and know what you’re going through. Don’t let Crohn’s or Colitis win. Use the adversity as a chance to inspire people and to hope for better things to come. Appreciate and celebrate the little things.Don’t let yourself be consumed with the negatives. Don’t forget to laugh and live life. Find ways to focus on others. We might be facing a relentless illness that will come and go as it pleases, but that doesn’t mean that we are ‘victims’.  She also recommends using the GI buddy app. It’s a great place to document and monitor symptoms as well as a great resource to so much IBD related stuff.

Abby

She sees this struggle as an opportunity to grow stronger, keep the hope, celebrate the little things in life, and to be thankful. She also want her compassion for others who face chronic illnesses to be a place of encouragement that none of us are alone as we go through this. Keep living, and keep loving life.

Stay strong and Crohnie on!!!

#crohniesaretoughies (her fave hashtag)

Follow Abby on Instragram and her blog. (DearAbby789 on Instagram, dearabby789.wordpress.com)

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Abby Walker please click DONATE HERE! Donations made thru September 9th will be matched by CCFA.

Motivation Monday – Sam & Spencer

Below are 2 short biographies on the honored heroes for the Winter 2014 Season of Team Challenge Denver. These are just 2 reasons why I run!

Meet Sam

Sam 2014 

I am 14 years old and am looking forward to being a freshman at Machebeuf.  I play basketball and like to run.  My favorite activity in the whole world is to play games.  In the Moore household, I am the resident champion of Risk, Monopoly, Texas Hold ’em, and about any video game around. 

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 9 years old.  Prior to being diagnosed I had never swallowed a pill and got really scared when I had to get a shot.  Over the last five years I’ve taken thousands of pills, had nearly a thousand shots, and have had more doctor visits than I can count.  We’ve had trouble finding a medicine that helps much.  

I enjoy school but have trouble getting there on a regular basis.  I missed about 20% of the school days this past year.  I missed over half of 5th grade due to a rare reaction of one of the medicines I was taking. 

I have walked in the Take Steps walk every year since I was diagnosed.  To date, my team has raised nearly $40,000 for the CCFA to help with research and camp for other kids like me.  I have enjoyed going to camp for the last four years and am looking forward to going again this summer.  It has been great to meet other kids that are going through the same things.  My oldest sister was a volunteer camp counselor for the last two years.  I was one of the honored heroes for the 2012 Napa/Kona Team and the 2013 Las Vegas Team.  My dad, my sister, and a few of my cousins are planning to run along with me in Las Vegas.

Meet Spencer

Spencer 2014

Hello! My name is Spencer Narowetz, I’m 15 and I have Crohn’s disease.  

I am in the 10th grade where I am involved with many extracurricular activities. I am on my school’s rock climbing team, Key Club, and am the Student Council treasurer of my class. Outside of school I like being outdoors, whether it be biking, hiking, backpacking, running, photography, camping, or paddling. I also love Starbucks and hanging out with my friends!

I have attended the CCFA’s Camp Oasis for three years and am going this year. It had been a wonderful and eye-opening experience seeing how many kids are truly affected by this disease. I have also meet many good friends there including Sam Moore, this season’s other Team Challenge Honored Hero. 

I was diagnosed in 2009 when I was nine years old. After many months of being sick, not being able to eat much, and being constantly lethargic, I was referred to Children’s Hospital where I went through many procedures and blood draws. I was put on medication and finally felt better. To this day I still suffer ups and down with my disease, but thanks to the CCFA and their fundraising, we may have a cure very soon!

 

Please join me on this journey to help improve the lives of millions of people around the world by fundraising for a cure! 

DONATE HERE!