I'm undertaking the Live Fearless Challenge this September
I love a good Crohn’s fundraiser so for the month of September I’ll be walking 150km to raise awareness and much needed funds for people living in Australia with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
All proceeds go towards Crohn's & Colitis Australia who provide research, education and advocacy programs for people living with IBD. As I tackle this physical challenge, it will help to know that you have supported me with even a small donation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are life long gastrointestinal disorders that commonly present themselves in children, adolescents and adulthood. Collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the conditions are an emerging global disease, with Australia having one of the highest prevalence in the world.
- More than 80,000 Australians live with these conditions, with numbers expected to increase to more than 100,000 by 2022.
- The conditions are becoming more prevalent, more severe and more complex and are being diagnosed in more and more very young patients.
- During a disease flare, inflammation in the colon, rectum and gastrointestinal tract can become so severe that sufferers need to be hospitalised and/or require surgery.
- The conditions are largely unpredictable with significant variation in the degree and pattern of symptoms affecting each patient. The relapsing and chronic nature of the disorder has broader impacts on a person’s emotional, physical and social wellbeing. Patients may also develop complications that are potentially life threatening, with links between IBD and increased risks of colorectal cancer as well as the adverse side effects of treatment.
To learn more about IBD, check out https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au/