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!
Trevor Margers is a 10 year old boy from Santee, CA. He attends Hill Creek Elementary where he excels in all subjects and likes to help out whenever he can. For the past few years, he has raised several hundred dollars for “Santee Santas”, an organization that helps feed folks in need around the holidays. Let me say that again, he is 10, and for 3 years now, he has raised HUNDREDS of dollars! Much of the money he raised was his own birthday money that he saved for months, knowing Santee Santas would be coming up again around the holidays. This year, he helped collect 2299 cans!
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, but at the same time, he only gets frustrated at the fact he can’t eat popcorn. He sees the constant doctor visits and hours in the hospital as opportunities to hear good news about how his health is, hopefully. He has been living with this for a year and a half, and shows no signs of losing hope.
Trevor enjoys playing organized baseball and football, loves to play catch with dad, and bowls in a league with his mom. When he isn’t playing sports, he watches them as much as he can while enjoying mint chocolate chip ice cream!
Trevor had the good fortune of going to Camp Oasis (The Painted Turtle) for summer camp the last couple of years. Camp is Trevors absolute most favorite place in the world!
Trevor considers himself pretty lucky, as far as folks with Crohn’s go. He has been treated with medication so far, and it seems to be keeping his disease under control. This of course, wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the advances that have been made in the years leading up to his diagnosis. These advances made possible by the wonderful people in CCFA and Team Challenge and the selfless people who donate to their cause.
In an effort to help more kids get the chance to go to camp, Trevor, along with his big brother Devon, decided to join Team Challenge Lite, a 10k running program, and help the cause. Together, they helped raise over $2000 and ran the 10k together.
Trevor also likes to come out to Team Challenge training sessions to show his support. His parents have been with Team Challenge for 15 seasons collectively, and Trevor has been there rooting on all the participants every step of the way.