A quick post to let you know about something that I hope you'll consider supporting . . . it's called Get Your Guts in Gear, and it's a cycling event being held in June to raise both awareness and funds for finding a cure for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
In case you're not familiar with these diseases, ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine that causes inflammation and ulceration of the colon’s innermost lining. Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive (gastrointestinal) tract. They're both very painful and debilitating, and at least 1.4 million Americans suffer from one or the other. Connor's father is one of them. He suffers from ulcerative colitis, and I've seen how awful it is for him when he's having a flare-up (which can sometimes last for months at a time), and it also puts him at higher risk for certain types of cancer and other potential health problems down the road. Right now, he's on medication which usually (but not always) controls the disease; how much better would it be for him and others if a true cure was found!
In this race, I'm sponsoring Alisa Costa (rider NY 41), a fellow member of 43 Things (which is where I first learned of this particular event). Please take a minute to go to the website - Get Your Guts in Gear - It would mean a lot to me, and even more to people who suffer from one of these debilitating diseases. And if you have an account over at 43 Things, please consider adding this as one of your goals.