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 HONOREES!
On any given day you will find Kyle with his nose buried in a book, beating his high score on a video game, or chatting about Star Wars with anyone who shares his love of the series. Twelve year old Kyle’s fun-loving, positive attitude is immediately obvious to anyone who crosses his path.
Upon first meeting Kyle, you would never realize that life has thrown some incredibly challenging things his way. From the time he was a toddler, his parents noticed that something wasn’t quite right with his digestive system. For years, Kyle was in and out of doctor’s offices. He endured medical procedures that a child should never face,only to be told over and over again that nothing was wrong.
When he was just six years old, Kyle started losing blood. Finally, results from a colonoscopy gave his parents a name for all the symptoms he had faced for so long: ulcerative colitis. Kyle began a journey of steroids, medication, and dietary restrictions. At eight years old, he faced three blood transfusions in the same year. Kyle now receives an intravenous medication every eight weeks to help give him color in his cheeks, energy, and a chance at a more normal life.Through it all, Kyle never complains. He faces ulcerative colitis with a brave face, positive attitude, and a true desire to give back and help others.
Kyle has been a part of the Team Challenge Illinois family since 2008, attending trainings, drawing pictures for teammates, and of course, teaching everyone about Star Wars. He was even recognized as the 2012 Inspirational Youth from CCFA’s Illinois Chapter, because of his commitment to the Team Challenge program.
He may not wear a cape, but Kyle is a true hero in every sense and he continues to inspire all who love him each day with his bright smile, amazing strength, and resilience.
Chloe is a bright-eyed, determined, enthusiastic young girl. Upon first meeting her, you'd never imagine some of the challenges she's faced!
Chloe was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2009 after 18 months of abdominal pain, headaches, and seizures. She began her journey missing more than fifteen weeks of school and taking 18 pills a day. Today, while her diagnosis has changed to undetermined IBD (possibly Crohn's disease), she now takes a handful of pills daily and gives her all toward a normal life. She presses on each day through her challenges and is determined to succeed.
Chloe is honored and excited to be the honoree of this years Nashville team. Last year, Chloe helped her mom fundraise for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon, but that wasn't enough for her. Too young to participate as part of Team Challenge, she wrote to the race director to get an entry, trained, and completed all 13.1 miles! At age 12, she was the youngest runner to cross the finish line!
This year, Chloe ran again. She trained with her dad and Team Challenge for Chicago 13.1 on June 8. Only this time, she ran for a boy named Daniel, who's Crohn's disease is only one of his many medical struggles. Knowing how much Daniel struggles really affected Chloe and motivated her to fundraise again. She met her original goal in just one week, and ended up more than doubling that number! Training was not easy, with several flare-ups and chronic migraines, she often was only able to run once or twice a week. This didn't stop her from running for Daniel, as Chloe knows that even her worst days are blessed days!
She truly enjoys the support and the relationships gained through training with Team Challenge. Helping herself while helping others... a true win-win!
Chloe loves children and hopes to one day become a physician or an educator. She enjoys soccer, basketball, and of course... running!