Welcome to my fundraising page!
I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2012 and less than a year later underwent emergency surgery where I was given a temporary loop colostomy. Not long after, I moved to California to get care at Stanford for my extreme condition but little had changed, even with powerful immune-blocking medication on board and some of the best care in the world.
By 2016, I was was feeling hopeless and depressed, like my health was way beyond my (or even the doctors') control. I signed up for a 50 mile Gran Fondo bike ride and started training on a single speed bike just six weeks before the event. I completed the ride, discovering that I could accomplish amazing things. By 2018, I had over a dozen more surgeries, including a permanent colectomy, but I also rode in the AIDS/Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (on my single speed!) and competed in the Hope for Crohn's Triathlon. Due in large part to these efforts, my Crohn's is in deep remission and I recently published my first book, The Crohn's Disease Autoimmune Protocol Diet Cookbook.
Becoming an athlete saved my life and gave me a strength and resilience beyond my imagination.
I will be spending Ostomy Awareness Day, Saturday, October 1st, as part of a community participating in the Virtual Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k. The goal of these events is to raise awareness, inspire, and to empower people who have had or who may someday have ostomy or continent diversion surgery. Funds will support United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that makes a difference in the lives of the 725,000 to 1 million Americans who have had ostomy or continent diversion surgery. These surgeries are lifesaving and have allowed many people to return to living a healthy life.
I am writing to share my story, and to ask you to support me as I train to participate in this 5k race. To find out more about the Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k please visit www.ostomy.org/5k, and to learn more about UOAA please visit www.ostomy.org.
I have set my fundraising goal at $ 300. You can help me achieve this goal and help me pay tribute to those who need our help. Please support my fundraising campaign by clicking the donate link to sponsor my efforts in meeting my fundraising goal, or click Register to join me!
Thank you for your support. Not only will you be helping me reach my goal, but you will help each and every person who has had or who may one day have ostomy or continent diversion surgery.
Joshua, Autoimmune Athlete