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.
Hi! I am Tyler and I am 10 years old. I am in 5th grade at Peabody Elementary and I enjoy math and reading. I am in cub scouts and love the outdoors. My real passion is playing baseball and I hope to one day play in the major leagues. When I can’t play baseball I like to play video games, card games and hangout with my little brother.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease about a year ago after losing 20 pounds in three months and feeling like I couldn’t leave a bathroom. Since being diagnosed I have already been hospitalized 3 times and have had to learn that getting blood drawn and other needle sticks are just part my monthly routine. On average I take around 20 pills a day, and I get an infusion of Remicade once a month. I think all of the GI doctors and most of the nurses at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children now know me by first name. I think I might be radioactive, considering all of the tests I have had done to figure out what is up with my insides, you name it I’ve probably had it done. The last time I was in the hospital in December 2013 the doctors discovered that my gall bladder was not working properly and decided to remove it. That surgery was kind of painful but I am feeling better from that.
I am thankful to be part of such a great school. I tend to miss a lot of school with my Crohn’sdisease and suffering from a weakened immune system, but all of my teachers and my principal make sure that I don’t fall behind. I was even able to “face time” with my class during one of my hospitalizations.
I had the privilege of attending Camp Oasis last summer which is a camp provided through CCFA that allows kids like me with IBD to feel “normal” for a week. It was awesome spending time with other kids that understand my situation and feel what I feel. My parents said that it was all possible through donations, so thanks to everyone that donates to the CCFA.
My mom did the Nashville half marathon in September 2013. And now that I have been asked to be an honored hero for 2014 both my mom and dad have decided to run in the Napa half marathon and possibly the Kona half marathon as well. Please help Team Challenge and the CCFA raise money so that we can find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. I hope that someday no one will have to go through any of the things I have had to do.
I am SO excited to be your Honored Hero!
My name is Liam, and I am 10 years old.
I am a very gregarious and quite boisterous young man. I currently have aspirations to be a Chef!! My favorite color is green. I love music, dance, Lego’s and Wii. Most who meet me now, would never know that I have a disease or of my past struggles.
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in January 2010, after many tests, a possibility that I had Leukemia, and years of trying to figure out what was wrong with me. The past 3 years were pretty hard for me. I had to repeat 1st grade and I was hospitalized for almost five weeks with a really horrible flair up.
I was about 3 yrs. old when my mom started to notice that something was just “not right” with my digestive system. I would get horrible stomach aches, headaches and diarrhea with lots of acid, sometimes the acid was so bad that my bum would burn. About the time that I turned 5, it was getting really bad. I was going to the bathroom up to 13 times a day, with lots of blood. The urgency was often so bad, that I just couldn’t make it to the bathroom quickly enough. I had lots of accidents and I learned (became a pro) to go on the side of the road. Kids were really mean and some adults too, whenever I had an accident on myself. Calling me poopie-pants and stinky. I was often sad and had a hard time making friends. I became very thin and anemic from all the bathroom trips and blood loss. But, still no reason for it…. When my mom took me to see Dr. Best (RMPGI) he ordered an upper and lower GI, and we finally had some answers. Whew! We were glad to have a name to all my problems. I was put on Remicaid, Steroids and some other maintenance drugs that started to make me feel better. My body rejected Remicaid about 6 months after I was on it and I started to get sick again…back in the hospital I went. I got really sick and had to have a PIC line. We decided to try Humeria. Ouch!! This one hurt a lot and I had trouble not crying when the nurses would give it to me. Again, my body decided to not like the medicine I was being given. Hospital here I come. I had to stay this time for almost 5 weeks!! I got another PIC line and they decided to try Remicaid again. Gulp! I sure hope it works this time… Luckily, this time it worked!! I have infusements every 4 weeks and have been getting to experience remission.
We were first introduced to CCFA through my Auntie Jen and her friend (now mine too) Emily. We signed up to do a walk around the zoo with people that either had my disease or knew what I was going through. Now for a team name…I got it!! Liam’s Leaky Cheeks. We have done the walk four years in a row. My mom also heard of this cool camp, Camp Oasis that I could go to for a week with kids just like me!! Huh?! You mean that other kids have this disease too? I was happy to know that I wasn’t the only one. The first year for camp I was too young and the second year I was too sick. But, I was finally able to experience awesomeness at Camp Oasis in 2012. I loved making new friends and getting to rock climb, ride horses, archery and to win a dance contest. Last summer my mom heard of Team Challenge and immediately wanted to join. This was another way for her to raise money and get the word out about my disease… and, she got to go to Vegas. This was my mom’s first half marathon, 13.1 miles. Since then, she has also completed 13.1 miles in Nashville. My mom is pretty awesome. I like her medals. She helped to raise tons of money to help send kids to camp, keep research going and to assist people who may not have the money to get the medicine that they need.