Over the past 13 summers, I have biked over 1,000 miles as a participant in Get Your Guts In Gear (GYGIG), a non-profit supporting those afflicted with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Thanks to the generosity of friends and family like you, I have raised over $25,000 to promote research and awareness.
IBD consists of both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s Disease is a chronic disorder involving the inflammation and ulceration anywhere in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis, a disease of the large intestine, affects the lining of the colon. More than one million Americans have IBD – and at least 100,000 of those are under the age of 18. While not widely publicized, IBD can be extremely debilitating, making daily life distressing. It is imperative that we work hard to end IBD. I ride because I am one of those million Americans.
This summer, I’m Getting My Guts In Gear yet again, but with a new twist! GYGIG is holding regional rides this year, and together with a fellow board member, we are leading Guts Across New Jersey. We are working hard developing the route and logistics for our regional ride, For those wanting to ride 100 miles, we will start at the Jersey Shore in Spring Lake, bike all the way across the state to Trenton, join those folks wanting to ride 50 miles, and circle back to the Shore.
In addition or in lieu of donating money, you can join me in cycling 50 or 100 miles, or help by volunteering that day. Join Team Guts Across NewJersey at our team page: http://regional.igotguts.org/GutsAcrossNewJersey to volunteer or ride.
If you are not able to join us that day, please consider supporting me in reaching my goal of raising $2,500 to help those afflicted with IBD. This year, I am looking forward once again to completing the 1 day century (100 mile) ride. I am busy training through the heat so I can ride 100 miles on Saturday, June 25th. To donate, please click on the right side to donate. Help me reach my goal of $2500.
Thanks so much,