CrossFit For Crohns Fundraiser

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Feb

CrossFit For Crohns Fundraiser

CrossFit For Crohns Fundraiser

Bustin’ Our Butt To Save Jake’s Gut!

Join in on our annual Arenal Fitness St. Patrick’s Day festivities on

Monday, March 17, 2014, only this year it will be for a great cause!!

All classes will be as regularly scheduled.   Your WOD efforts and monies will go towards finding a cure for Crohns. Everyone is welcome to participate in the WODs throughout the day; even if you don’t have the means to help out financially, your emotional support goes a long way!!! Sheri and EricIMG_1733

Jake Gelvar, son of AF member Sheri Gelvar, has Crohns Disease. Through the years his parents, Sheri and Eric, have raised ten’s of thousands of dollars to help find a cure through Team Challenge.  Check out Sheri’s featured article in B Woman Magazine.

They challenge themselves to complete and volunteer at various Team Challenge races and events around the United States. This year they are taking it out of the continental US by going to Kona, Hawaii for the Kona Half Marathon and need our help.

To contribute, click here:

http://www.active.com/donate/konaMDDE14/TCMD_KONA14SGelvar

A little bit about Jake’s Life:

  • Jake complained of chronic joint pain and couldn’t walk.
  • In 2006, Jake was 11 years old and diagnosed with Crohns disease, Colitis, and Enteropathic Arthritis (arthritis caused from an inflammatory bowel disease).
  • Crohns affected his SI joint and he was in a wheelchair for 3 months and out of school for 4 months
  • He couldn’t eat, lost tons of weight and was on home hospital care.
  • Jake went through major PT for a year. Prior to this, he was an avid soccer player and wrestler.
  • A few years later he had major flare up, put on remicade (a drug given through infusion) and other medications (one similar to chemo that he takes weekly)
  • Every 6 weeks Jake spends all day in the Hematology and Oncology center at Sinai.
  • His medical needs still continue to be a part of his everyday life.

A letter from Sheri and Eric:

Dear Family and Friends ….. “We’ve been so touched by everyone’s generosity in previous years …. Now more than ever we are determined to raise the critical dollars needed to find a CURE for Jake and all others who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.” Bustin’ Our Butt To Save Jake’s Gut! Team Challenge continues to touch our hearts and change our lives. Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s half marathon training program that raises critical dollars for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis research. The mission of the CCFA is to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. As you know, Jake has Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Enteropathic Arthritis. For those not aware, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are painful, and a debilitating incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Not only have these diseases affected Jake, but they have affected the lives of over 1.4 million Americans. When Jake was first diagnosed, it was heart wrenching watching him be in constant pain and struggle with just the simple task of walking. Jake, who is 18, has learned over the years how to cope with his daily “aches and pains” and adjust to his various stomach issues. Last Spring as Jake wound down his high school career our entire home was looking forward to sending him off to college in September. We were used to having Crohn’s live with us each and every day but were unprepared for the challenges the next few month’s would bring insurance wise and health wise. As a parent, it is very difficult to watch your child struggle. Jake settled on his first choice college and we as parents set about lining up all his new doctors and treatment appointments. Everything was in place when a glitch appeared on the insurance radar. How do we find the right doctors? How do we find the right location to have Jake’s medication administered? How do we make it all work hundreds of miles away from home?  It took hundreds of hours to get answers to our questions but finding a CURE would be the ultimate answer. Everything was in place and we flew to meet his new doctors. All seemed to go well. September came and we left Jake at his new school with high hopes for his future. Crohn’s is never far away! Some new health issues arose for Jake and when trying to figure out how to treat them, Crohn’s was ever present. After a rapid 20 pound weight loss and an overnight stay in the hospital, the initial health problem is under control; however, we continue to deal with the weight loss issue. Crohn’s is always there complicating any situation. Jake should be able to be a “normal” college student and not have to worry about treatments or doctor appointments interfering with classes or even social events. He shouldn’t have to worry that a common cold will turn into something much worse. He should be able to be like all other Freshman on campus taking in all the joys college has to offer. We are hopeful that you will once again join us in the fight against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Please make a donation and help us capture our euphoric moment of not only crossing the finish line once AGAIN, but knowing that all those who helped us reach our goal, also helped to better the lives of Jake and many others like him. http://www.active.com/donate/konaMDDE14/TCMD_KONA14SGelvar It is IMPERATIVE we find a cure!!! Your support means the world!! Hugs, Sheri and Eric “Research is expensive, but a cure is PRICELESS!”  ]]>