Doing it 4 Declan

Our total team activity 1,110kms

Ready, Set, lets GO!

Today is the 1st of September and the start of the Live Fearless Challenge, so incredibly grateful to those who have joined the Team and to all the wonderful people who have donated.  
Living with IBD is not an easy task, and getting awareness is always incredibly challenging.  Your support means the world to me.  

Doing it 4 Declan

Earlier this year we lost a young man with the most amazing heart but troubled soul, as he took his own life.  

Declan and I met at a CCA youth camp, that year I had the honor of mentoring at the CCA Youth Camp in Brisbane.  It was there that I met a group of amazing young children with IBD, I could not even begin to imagine what it is like to be experiencing the challenges of IBD with the added emotional and mental aspects of their young lives being thrown into such turmoil.  I have done this as an adult and it almost killed me, I so admire their courage.

Declan and I stayed in touch and grew to be friends.  We had so many great times together but Declan was one of those people that would usually smile and say ‘I’m okay’ sometimes he would let me in, and yes he was receiving professional help for a long time.  But his load was heavy.

Last year Declan returned to Camp again with me, but this time as a mentor himself.  The kids absolutely loved him.  Being closer to their age they related immediately with him, but above that Declan had a real way with kids, they just adored him.  I think it meant a great deal to him and he felt proud to be able to mentor the kids. 

Declan had struggled with anxiety and depression for as long as I knew him.  Sometimes he hid it well as he was always so naturally quiet and reserved.  Other times he was very upfront and honest with me and let me in… telling me about his struggles. 

All I can do is speak from my heart when I say that Declan had demons, he fought them for many years, but he no longer had the strength to do so.  

As an invisible illness IBD effects so much more than the bowel, physically, emotionally and mentally it is draining and a battle that we sometimes are lucky enough to get on top of, even if for a short while.  The rollercoaster of emotions, the pain and the struggle are hard.  What makes it even harder is the fact that we deal with this invisible illness everyday and it is often overlooked and rarely understood.  We have some amazing support networks, but I hear from so many people that say even their own family and friends just do not understand. 

Imagine living with the fear everyday that you won’t find a bathroom close enough, or spend half your day on the toilet, or you have such excruciating pain that you cannot get out of bed, only to hear, ohhhh is that like IBS or gastro?  No, its not.  It is an incurable disease and we need to ditch the stigma of bowel disease.  It is that feeling of being lost and alone and misunderstood that contributes so greatly to our mental state.

I miss you Declan, I wish I could have helped more.  But as I said on the day of your funeral my love, I will keep fighting this battle for both of us now.  Please, if anyone feels alone or that no one understands, reach out.  CCA have some amazing people and support available.  Declan is gone and there is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.

We're undertaking the Live Fearless Challenge this September

We're putting on our sneakers to achieve 150kms and raise awareness and much needed funds for people living in Australia with IBD.  This year we lost a treasured friend in Declan, he will be forever missed.  This one is for you buddy.

All proceeds go towards Crohn's & Colitis Australia who provide research, education and advocacy programs for people living with IBD.

As we tackle this physical challenge, it will help to know that you have supported our team with even a small donation.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Thank you to our Sponsors

$2.02k

Ridgemill P/l

Hey Tracey Was nice to chat. Hope the walking goes well. Best wishes Robert

$1.52k

Aura Sports Pty Ltd

Fantastic cause Tracey. You are an inspiration to us all.

$260

Total Sport And Floor

Great cause Tracey, mental illness is a scourge that needs far greater recognition as a killer of all ages.

$250

Honeywill Consulting

$250

Leighton Jones Real Estate

Always happy to support a staff member with a such a personal & worthy cause!

$250

Sanitize Guyz

$104

Regupol Australia Pty. Ltd

$104

Nicholas Anasson

$104

Marisa Cinquegrana

Sending my love and support xxx

$104

Julie Whalley

Love you sis. I’m doing it for you to.

$104

Leanne Robson Petch

Behind you 100% .You are amazing

$104

Golden Surf Pty Ltd

Proud of you. Good luck. We are sure that you will achieve your goal.

$104

Phillip Dawe

$100

Aura Sports

Well done team.

$100

Ari Jelekainen

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Peter And Annie Primmer

Thank you for all your support of Declan and his family. He is missed. Good luck with your challenge. Peter & Annie Primmer

$100

Ari Jelekainen

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Ari Jelekainen

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports Pty Ltd

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports Ptyltd

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports Pty Ltd

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Aura Sports Pty Ltd

Well done team "Doing it 4 Declan"

$100

Sharonika Williamson

❤️ Thank you for all you do xo You are a beautiful human being.

$100

Sarah Constructions

Keep up the good work and the legacy of those such as Declan. Well done Tracey & team.

$78

Ray Pini

Good luck Tracey and Team in challenge

$75

Julianna Macann

Tracey, you are a beautiful advocate and we are so happy to support you xx

$52

Geoff Elliott

Hope this helps make a difference to your life.

$52

Raylee Cadzow

To a beautiful lady Catharine you have got this ok you can do it good luck

$52

Linda Cragg

We know how hard this awful disease has hit you Catherine, you go and smash it, proud of you girl - love L&L xx

$52

Belinda Ersser

All the best 💕

$52

Hannz Samuela

$52

Zsofia Zold

Go Team! fantastic job 💪 so proud of you

$52

Jorden Woodman

Love you Wifey! 🧡

$52

Kaye Suthers

Well done Laurel ... for a really good cause.

$52

Stacey Chisholm

$52

Belinda Fox

Such an awesome cause. We think you are amazing 😊 Belinda and Chris

$52

Sophie Eckhardt

You go Trace! Loads of love from across the world❤️

$52

Leisa O'brien

Lots and lots of love to you and to Declan, may he rest in peace xoxo

$52

Cathy Mahoney

Good Luck Team

$52

Lynton

Go Cat. You’ve got this. Complications from early medications of crohns killed my father.

$52

Natalie Hughes

Well done! xx

$52

Mary Cannell

Jo, I admire you so much for running those distances Congratulations. Love Mary & Glen XX

$52

Kerryn Graham

Proud to be involved for such a great cause. Let's do it for Declan!

$52

Laurel Taylor

Here's to you Tracey and all who suffer with Crohns and Colitis. You are all truly fearless. :-) Hope a cure is just around the corner.

$50

Jules And Mike Conybeare

Great cause- mental health is so important xx

$50

Tal, Shaan Brax And Azzy Mitchell

Go Jo and Team Declan keep up the great work running and walking to raise awareness xx

$50

Sarah Michel

Amazing work Trace and team

$50

Rose Kahika

You ll be awesome at anything you put your hand too ! wish you all the best in raising awareness and contending for ongoing research & education re Crohns

$50

Tessa Messenger

Well done everyone!

$50

Trish Hughes

$50

Tero Jelekainen

Go Team Declan!

$50

Dave

$26

Rachel Wilks

All the best and well done!! x

$26

Kim Philp

Go Cath!! I’m sure this challenge is nothing compared to your daily ones. You’ll smash it!

$26

Coralie Kalisch

$26

Tracey Murrin

$26

Diane Grieve

$26

Larrisa Griffiths

$26

Hamish Oteiwi

$26

Nigal Johnson

$26

Simon Terry

$26

Patrick Nasr

I came across the Crohn's and Colitis page by chance as I look for ways to cope myself. I came across the live fearless page and read your story as well as Declan's. That really hits home and I hope this donation finds you well.

$26

Ryllen Scarce

$26

Karlene Cassidy

$25

Kelly Harwood

Keep going! Xx

$25

Morad E

$15

Isabel Daw

Love you Cat! Xxx

$15

Susan

$10.40

Gail Ware

Good on you Sweetheart. You go girlfriend.