Please welcome our newest Honored Hero, Devin. Devin will be 7 in April. Soon after his 5th birthday and just days before a much-anticipated trip to Disney World, he was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. This disease also affects his mom.
Devin’s first year with UC was thankfully uneventful, but in year two, he has had 2 more flares where he’s had to endure 12+ trips to the bathroom a day (and night) and he’s in pain often. He fights to keep on weight and has missed weeks of school. The latest flare ultimately admitted him to the hospital for 6 days. He has undergone 3 colonoscopies, a multitude of tests, medications including the dreaded steroids and is now on infusion therapy.
Devin is tough and perseveres but he shouldn't have to. This athletic boy would much rather play sports without the pain or fear of having to race to a bathroom. He wants to play soccer, basketball, flag football etc and not have UC keep him back. Sports have actually become a distraction for Devin and a way for him to cope with the symptoms.
His parents, feeling helpless since the diagnosis, knew they had to do something, so they got involved in Team Challenge and are raising money for research. They just completed their first half marathon with Team Challenge in Miami! Through their amazing experience and dedication, Devin has witnessed the power of Team Challenge and cannot wait to get involved himself (along with his big brother). He’s ready to cheer on the Team -- it’s time for a cure!!
We are so lucky to have Timmy as our honoree here in New England. Over the past fewyears Timmy has become an inspiration for Team Challenge teams across the country.This year he is has the special opportunity to be the Honoree for the entire country!
Timmy was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2009 at the age of five. His diagnosiswas not an easy one - he started having random fevers, stomach aches, and joint painat the age of three. Sometimes his joint pain was so severe he count not run or play.Timmy's growth was also affected.
After a long road of hospital visits and tests, Timmy was diagnosed with Crohn'sdisease. In the three years since his diagnosis, he has been hospitalized multiple times,had two major surgeries (removing two feet of his intestines), and has tried countlessmedications. Timmy does his best to be like other eight-year-olds he love loves Legosand riding his bike when he can. But he and his family live with uncertainty every day,never knowing when there will be another trip to the hospital.
In spite of it all, they remain hopeful that his disease will come under control and therewill someday be cures. Timmy serves as a constant reminder for our team for why wewalk and run Team Challenge. For Timmy a cure cannot come fast enough.