Dana & Keith - NYC to BOS Ride for IBD Awareness
Dana- In 2008, I did a cross-country bike trip from Virginia to Oregon for Habitat for Humanity. I remember the week that I got back from this trip, Brian told me about a non-profit organization he himself wanted to start that would help raise funds and awareness for bowel diseases. I remember telling him that I would do the first biking trip that the Foundation had - and here I am! I do suffer from PCS: I had my galbladder removed in 2007 and continue to suffer from PCS, or post-cholecystectomy syndrome. I look forward to the opportunity to raise funds and awareness of disorders such as mine, as well as more chronic and potentially destructive diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomies. Staying quiet about these conditions only gives the condition the power, not the person and I look forward to educating family and friends about bowel disorders. Keith- I am volunteering and fundraising to support Brian and his nonprofit the Intense Intestines Foundation. My FiancÃƒÂ©e Dana who is doing the bike ride and suffers from PCS, and my sister Alison who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when she was 12. Having had several severe bouts as a teenager & college student, she remains faithful to her maintenance medication which helps keep her in remission. She still has an occasional flair up but is working on "time management" to reduce stress! After 16 years with the condition, Alison is a successful dance teacher & choreographer. I was introduced to Brian through Dana and over the past 2 years have had the chance to see his passion for raising awareness first hand. We also happen to both be New York Mets fans!
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