Monday, August 20, 2012

Why I run the New York City Marathon.

Please help Peter Audia's daughter Mary, by supporting her run for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.   Mary is running for her father and sister Natalie, who both live with Crohn's disease.  Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Approximately 1.4 million people suffer from Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

Mary decided to take on this challenge because it inspires others who are not as fortunate that they are not alone and helps raise resources and awareness about this disease.  Join Mary on her 26.2 mile New York City Marathon race and please donate to her cause. 

Please use the link below to donate online securely and directly.  An email will be sent to  confirm your tax-deductible donation.  To donate by check, please contact Mary directly, for instructions. 


Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include:

  • Persistent Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation
  • Constipation (can lead to bowel obstruction)
General symptoms that may also be associated with IBD:
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of normal menstrual cycle
Only proper testing performed by your doctor can render a diagnosis.  People suffering from Crohn’s often experience loss of appetite and may lose weight as a result. A feeling of low energy and fatigue is also common.

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