What is an Honoree?
An Honoree is someone who provides inspiration to our athletes throughout the training and fundraising period. Honorees serve as symbols of strength and motivation, support and determination. An Honoree is someone who is currently is being treated for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Each of our TEAM CHALLENGE participants is matched up with an Honoree. Honorees have the unique opportunity to connect with individuals who have committed themselves to raising funds for the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They will share their strength and courage with participants who are training to complete their endurance event.
When participants join TEAM CHALLENGE, they commit to many months of training and fundraising before completing a half marathon. They are not only motivated by their own personal fitness goals, but are truly inspired by the bravery and fortitude of each Honoree.
MEET OUR HONOREE!
In May of 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. After chemotherapy and radiation treatment I beat cancer and have been in remission ever since.
Less than 1 year later, I began to develop very aggressive GI disease system. I tried to ignore the symptoms for as long as possible. I quickly progressed to the point of 30+ bowel movements a day, debilitating fatigue, weight loss, and pain.
I went to see a local gastroenterologist, and after a lot of testing I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. In an effort to treat the disease, I experimented with a wide variety of treatment options including commonly prescribed medications for Crohn’s Disease.
I had little success with medication management. I tried my best to deny my symptoms and condition, but inevitably lost the battle. I was going to the emergency room every week with a dangerously high fever and infections in my intestines.
I took a trip to New York to visit my god-daughter, and just 5 hours after landing I headed to the emergency room for yet another flare. While in New York my condition worsened to the point of near death. I went in for an emergency ileostomy. What began as a four day trip to New York turned into nearly a month and a half.
In December of 2012, I ran in the Las Vegas Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon. I had never run in my life prior to my training with Team Challenge. It was definitely one of the coolest experiences in my life. Besides the feeling of accomplishment felt after completing a half marathon, the people I met had a profound impact on me. I enjoyed my experience so much that I returned to Team Challenge for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon in July of 2013 and I’m thrilled to be returning once again for the Dallas Half Marathon in December of 2014.
I am committed to finding a cure for myself and others with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and I believe that Team Challenge greatly increases the chances of that happening in my lifetime.
Thank you for your love and support and good luck with your race!