As you may know, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2014 when I was 9 years old. I was not only suffering from belly aches and fatigue, but I was not growing well either. When I found out I had Crohn's, it made me sad and angry at the same time. I wondered what it meant for my future and if I would have to give up the things I love. I started to take medication only to have a reaction 8 months later and start all over with new medicine again. It took another 5 months before I was feeling well. I have now gone through this cycle multiple times and have had several changes to medication since then. I realize that medication and blood work will always be a regular part of my life. Unfortunately, with IBD you can go into a flare out of nowhere and fight it for months. I know I can only take one day at a time and do my best to move forward. While I have days that I have to lay low and conserve my energy, I also have days I pursue my dreams. I spent three summers racing go karts and used my time at the track to raise awareness about IBD. The summer of 2018 I decided to try something new and started racing Trucks. It was hard work learning something new, but I pushed forward and tried my best. It was a learning season, but I loved it, so I went back for more racing for the 2019 season. I am happy to say 2019 brought me two 1st place finishes. It was great sharing about CURE for IBD in victory lane!
2020 brought a lot of changes for everyone with the arrival of COVID-19. I like many others with an autoimmune disorder had to be extra careful and avoid crowds to try to stay healthy. Therefore, I did not race during the 2020 season but I continued to do what I could to raise awareness.
Since my diagnosis I have discovered that I am not alone in this battle and there are many other people who suffer from IBD. Therefore, I decided to make a difference in the fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by combining my love for racing with my desire to find a cure by promoting my fundraiser for CURE for IBD!
CURE for IBD was founded on the belief that if more funds are allocated to research, new treatments and cures will be found sooner. For many people, this can't happen quickly enough.
I am very proud to say that 100% of all donations I receive will be allocated directly to IBD research. CURE for IBD will not use any of these funds for overhead, administrative, or event expenses.
I can't thank you enough for your support. Your generosity brings hope not only to me but for so many people who suffer from these diseases.
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