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.
Blair is a beautiful 13 year old who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2010. It is so hard, as parents, to know that our child has a chronic disease that we can't fix. She has a wonderful team of doctors who take great care of her and she follows a diet that has helped her feel a little better. Unfortunately, it is necessary that she take some serious medications to keep her disease under control.
We promised ourselves that we would not stop until a cure is found. Not only for Blair, but for all 1.4 million people with Crohn's or Colitis. Their disease cannot be seen on the outside, but when they are not in remission, every day is a challenge to overcome with the pain, nausea, fatigue and countless trips to the bathroom.
2 1/2 years ago, Blair weighed 57 lbs., missed a lot of school and had a section of her small intestine and colon removed.However she ran the half marathon in Las Vegas last year and plans to run again this year! Training is hard and many days she still doesn't feel well, but Blair has a goal and a desire to part of Team Challenge. She has been amazed by the support and generosity of family, friends and even strangers, (who become friends!) through the past few years fundraising for CCFA. It will be a different race for us, probably including some walking, but Blair is determined to cross the finish line. I will be right next to her, probably crying!
Blair is a very brave little girl and has shared her experiences in having Crohn's disease with many people. She continues to give speeches and play the piano for many different groups. She hopes to help others understand what she and others with this disease go through every day. Chances are that you know someone with Crohn's or Colitis, but might not be aware as 1 in 200 people suffer from these diseases.
To see more of Blair's journey, you can watch her video at http://www.youtu.be/04pkIlFBe3E
Patrick is eleven years old and a happy sixth grader. He enjoys foil fencing, playing the cello, reading science fiction novels, and immersing himself in video games. In school, his favorite subjects are math, social studies, and of course recess.
Patrick was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2009, just a few days after his seventh birthday. He has endured multiple medical tests and drug therapies. While full remission remains elusive, Patrick continues to convey courage, strength, optimism and a wonderful sense of humor in all that he must face. He compares his battle with Crohn's disease to a fencing duel: sometimes you can escape an attack, sometimes you push your offender back, and sometimes your opponent overpowers you. When he is feeling overpowered by this terrible disease, CCFA helps provide Patrick with hope that someday soon he will conquer this opponent forever.
Patrick is thrilled to be an Honoree for the National Team! He looks forward to being a great motivator and plans to run a few miles on his own in honor of the team.