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 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.
My name is Alexis Vanore and I have Crohn's disease. I will be 11 years old and I started with this disease when I was 2 years old. I am presently taking 3 different medicines a day. I have been hospitalized several times, have been on steroids, had 5 rounds of remicade infusions and I also had an NG tube in my nose for a year. I make frequent trips to the Gastroenterologist's office and I have blood work done very frequently. I suffer with belly aches all the time and have yet to go through more than a few months of what they call "remission".
Through all of this, I never considered myself "sick". When I was younger, I always said I had a "boo boo" in my belly and it never slowed me down. Even when I was in the hospital, I was running circles around the doctors and nurses. They were always shocked because they say that I should have been in bed because of how sick I was. I never stopped dancing or gymnastics and am presently on a Dance Team. I was even acknoweledged at one of my dance recitals and given a special trophy for "Little Miss Courage". This year as I enter Middle School, I plan on running cross country.
I am very proud to say that my Dad is presently training for Team Challenge, his 2nd Half Marathon in November for the CCFA. We are actively trying to raise the money for the Foundation. The CCFA has given me hope so that maybe one day, a cure will be discovered and the "boo boo" in my belly will disappear for good!