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!
I am 14 years old and am looking forward to being a freshman at Machebeuf. I play basketball and like to run. My favorite activity in the whole world is to play games. In the Moore household, I am the resident champion of Risk, Monopoly, Texas Hold 'em, and about any video game around.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 9 years old. Prior to being diagnosed I had never swallowed a pill and got really scared when I had to get a shot. Over the last five years I've taken thousands of pills, had nearly a thousand shots, and have had more doctor visits than I can count. We've had trouble finding a medicine that helps much.
I enjoy school but have trouble getting there on a regular basis. I missed about 20% of the school days this past year. I missed over half of 5th grade due to a rare reaction of one of the medicines I was taking.
I have walked in the Take Steps walk every year since I was diagnosed. To date, my team has raised nearly $40,000 for the CCFA to help with research and camp for other kids like me. I have enjoyed going to camp for the last four years and am looking forward to going again this summer. It has been great to meet other kids that are going through the same things. My oldest sister was a volunteer camp counselor for the last two years. I was one of the honored heroes for the 2012 Napa/Kona Team and the 2013 Las Vegas Team. My dad, my sister, and a few of my cousins are planning to run along with me in Las Vegas.
Hello! My name is Spencer Narowetz, I'm 15 and I have Crohn's disease.
I am in the 10th grade where I am involved with many extracurricular activities. I am on my school's rock climbing team, Key Club, and am the Student Council treasurer of my class. Outside of school I like being outdoors, whether it be biking, hiking, backpacking, running, photography, camping, or paddling. I also love Starbucks and hanging out with my friends!
I have attended the CCFA's Camp Oasis for three years and am going this year. It had been a wonderful and eye-opening experience seeing how many kids are truly affected by this disease. I have also meet many good friends there including Sam Moore, this season's other Team Challenge Honored Hero.
I was diagnosed in 2009 when I was nine years old. After many months of being sick, not being able to eat much, and being constantly lethargic, I was referred to Children's Hospital where I went through many procedures and blood draws. I was put on medication and finally felt better. To this day I still suffer ups and down with my disease, but thanks to the CCFA and their fundraising, we may have a cure very soon!Please join me on this journey to help improve the lives of millions of people around the world by fundraising for a cure!
They continue to inspire all those around them, and all of our Team Challenge Denver teammates!