Welcome to Our CURE for IBD family fundraising page!
To begin, thank you for taking time to visit our fundraising page. There are many worthy charities in the world and we appreciate your consideration to donate to Cure for IBD. We plan on many successful years of fundraising events.
We did not stumble onto Cure for IBD, we did not find a cause and review ratings carefully setting aside portions of our pay check, we ran to find Cure for IBD so we could make a difference in something that now meant the world to us.
Spring of 2016 our family entered into the IBD world with our youngest being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Our daughter is three generations removed from any family member with Crohn’s. We were terrified by the statics: only 50% reach remission, 45% of those diagnosed under 14yrs of age will have cancer by 35yrs, 75% will require major surgery, and there is no cure.
The disease quickly appeared and progressed aggressively. Within weeks of diagnosis our daughter had already failed multiple treatments. Within months our daughter began intravenous drug treatment, a very scary decision for any parent. We are fortunate that our daughter is responding to her regular infusions and improving. We are the lucky ones even though we face constant challenges daily due to IBD! This is a silent disease, where suffering is hidden, the truth overlooked. our daughter looks healthy and is often told 'you do not look sick' but even the loss of a couple hours of sleep will make her ill, she suffers constant headaches and body pains, her favorite foods are now forbidden, her immune system is weakened, and her endurance is half that of her peers. But we are the lucky ones reminded by the friends who's children have undergone major surgery, the children who cannot reach remission and are frequent visitors to hospitals, and sadly by those we have lost in the community. Today we raise money for not only our daughter but every person impacted by this disease.
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.
We are very proud to say that 100% of all donations Team Kassi receives will be allocated directly to IBD research. CURE for IBD will not use any of these funds for overhead, administrative, or event expenses.
We can't thank you enough for your support. Your generosity brings hope for so many people, including us.
The mission of CURE for IBD is to fund research towards new therapies and cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. CURE for IBD was founded by parents who have dedicated themselves to finding cures for their children and everyone else living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. CURE for IBD does not pay any participant event or travel expenses, and only funds research with the goal of finding cures sooner.
Over 1.6 million Americans (1 in 200) are affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, insidious and debilitating diseases in which the immune system attacks the digestive system. These are life-long chronic conditions that often result in extended hospital stays and the need for multiple surgeries over a person's lifetime. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, along with many of the medications used to manage IBD, lead to an increased risk of cancer and other conditions. Complications can be life-threatening or fatal.
Children are the fastest-growing population being diagnosed, sometimes before the age of 1, and their symptoms are often more severe.
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