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.
Trevor Margers is an 11 year old boy from Santee, CA. He attends Hill Creek Elementary where he excels in math and likes to help out whenever he can. For the past few years, he has raised money for “Santee Santa’s”, an organization that helps feed folks in need around the holidays. It’s worth repeating, he is 11, and for 4 years now, he has help raise over $1000 and collected thousands of cans! Much of the money he raised was his own birthday money that he saved for months, knowing Santee Santa’s would be coming up again around the holidays.
Needless to say, Trevor loves to help people whenever he can. He will start a conversation with anyone, without judging. Perhaps this sheds a little light on how he deals with having Crohn’s so well. He has a very kind heart and loves everyone. He wishes he didn’t have Crohn’s, and hopes for a cure. He was diagnosed in September of 2009. Thanks in part to the efforts of Team Challenge participants, early detection was made and Trevor hasn’t had to suffer the same as others with his disease. He is on a regular schedule of infusions and is doing great!
Trevor enjoys playing organized baseball, bowling, and fishing. When he isn’t playing sports, he watches them as much as he can while enjoying mint chocolate chip ice cream! Trevor also loves to go to Camp Oasis. This is a camp for kids like Trevor who have Crohn’s and colitis that he loves more than any place on earth.
Trevor has been involved with Team Challenge since 2010 helping cheer on the participants, as an honored hero, helping at recruiting events, and as a “Team Challenge Lite” member with his brother. For years, Trevor has wanted to be a Team Challenge participant, but wasn’t old enough. This year, Trevor finally gets to fulfill his dream of being a Team Challenge participant and running his first half marathon on the Las Vegas strip with his dad and hundreds of Team Challenge teammates!
Grace is 7 years old and is in 1st grade. Don’t let her shy demeanor fool you… once you get her going she is quite the ham. Grace loves to dress up but isn’t scared to get dirty. Her mom, Nikki, likes to call Grace her tomboy in a tutu or her little princess. January 2011 is when her symptoms first started – She was lucky and diagnosed just before her 4th birthday in March. Initial diagnosis was Celiac Disease and UC.
A year later after steroids and Pentasa, her inflammation
was still going up so she was re-scoped twice, second time for camera pill) and
found inflammation in her stomach leading to a new diagnosis of Indeterminate
Colitis. Fortunately her current
treatment of 6MP has reduced the inflammation while she follows a gluten free,
lactose free diet and avoids fried foods, popcorn, nuts and too many raw
veggies and fiber. She is aware of her
diet limitations and for the most part accepts them, but misses white powdered
donuts the most! Her parents try to make
sure they always have special treats when they go out so she doesn’t feel like
she’s missing out. They even bought a donut maker to make gluten free donuts
that are “okay but totally not the same as the original”.
Grace is one tough girl; despite all the struggles her
and her family have gone through they still are able to have a fun and fulfilling
life for this youngster. Grace stays busy with dance and gymnastics and really
looks forward to her on stage performances each year. She also has some mad skills out in the
desert on her quad and loves riding Sea-Doos at the river. Her mom likes to keep her busy and active so
she doesn’t have to time to think about being diagnosed. A few of Grace’s favorite things include
panda bears, Little Mermaid, the color pink, Chick-Fil-A (gluten free nuggets
and a play structure?! Yay!) , and her family.
Grace is very lucky to have family and friends who adore her and have
been by her side throughout her IBD journey.
Grace and her family are very excited to be Honored Heroes for the season and hope that this helps bring more awareness so that Grace can grow up around a community that understands her disease and won’t make her feel embarrassed about it. And of course, finding a cure in Grace’s lifetime.