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[lt]h4 style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #800080;]H[lt]span style="color: #99cc00;"[gt]E[/span][span=color: #ff9900;]L[/span][span=color: #008080;]L[/span][span=color: #ff00ff;]O[/span] [span=color: #3366ff;]T[/span][span=color: #ff9900;]H[/span][span=color: #008080;]E[/span]R[span=color: #99cc00;]E[/span][lt]/span[gt][span=font-size: 10px;] - Welcome to my fundraising page![/span][lt]/h4[gt] [p][lt]br /[gt]This year I am running [b]The British 10k London Run on 14th July[/b] in aid of two charities – [url=http://www.iasupport.org/]IA: the Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group[/url] and [url=http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/]Crohn’s & Colitis UK[/url]. Funds raised will be split 50/50 between the two.[/p] [p]Now, I know there's nothing unique about running 10k. In fact, with so many people running (and fundraising for) marathons these days you may wonder why I have the cheek to ask you to sponsor me for anything less.[/p] [p]But, to quote running legend Steve Prefontaine:[/p][div=text-align: center;][span=color: #ff0000; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;]“Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you travelled from where you started.”[/span][/div][p][lt]br /[gt]In May last year, at the height of training for the Berlin Marathon, I was distraught to find myself hauled up in a hospital bed having lost at fifth of my body weight within 2 weeks. The ulcerative colitis, which I had been diagnosed with around 6 years earlier, had got out of control and I was told that I would have to have emergency surgery to remove my entire colon. I would awake after 6 hours of surgery with an ileostomy.[/p] [p]I had to pull out of last year’s British 10k. At the time I was so weak it was a struggle to walk to the end of the road without stopping for a rest. Put like that, when I cross the finish line this year it will have been quite a distance I've traveled![/p] [p]Most of my friends & family perhaps don't understand what running means to me. What started out as an effort to keep active, stay fit and get outside, whilst soaking up some vitamin D (British weather allowing!) became an integral part of my life. I love running almost as much as I love travel (and for those that don't know me that well I love to travel a lot!). Saying this may seem unnecessarily dramatic given how well I’m feeling now, but in the darkest moments of my recovery I honestly feared I may never be fit enough to run again.[/p] [p][lt]br /[gt]Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammation and ulcers develop on the inside lining of the colon resulting in extreme pain, urgent and bloody diarrhoea, and continual tiredness. There is no cure for Ulcerative Colitis at present except with the removal of the colon. Inflammatory bowel disease is little known, little researched and little understood. Funds raised in aid of [url=http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/]Crohn’s & Colitis UK[/url] will help support people who find themselves with these chronic illnesses but, more importantly, help fund research to make sure fewer people have to face them in the future. [lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]An ileostomy is a surgical opening constructed by bringing the end of the small intestine out onto the surface of the skin. Without a colon intestinal waste passes out of the ileostomy and is collected in an external pouching system stuck to the skin 24/7. Having an illeostomy is no ones dream scenario, but I am grateful it leaves me able to live my life as normal, free from pain. None the less it wasn't the smoothest adjustment. [url=http://www.iasupport.org/]IA: The Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Support Group[/url], support people like me who have an illeostomy. As we get used to our dramatically different circumstances it means we are not alone. In fact, I’ve learned there are an estimated 20,000 people in the UK with an ileostomy going about their lives the same as everyone else.[/p][p][lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]I am still not free from ulcerative colitis. I face more surgery in the future, but when I run I feel like I can tackle anything. If you’re able to spare some money for my chosen charities it would be most appreciated. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can easily sponsor me. Donations will be quickly processed and passed on to both charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf if you’re eligible for this.[/p][lt]h4 style="text-align: center;"[gt]I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations xxxxx[lt]/h4[gt][p][/p][p][lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt][/p][hr/][p][/p] [p][sub][url=http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/]Crohn’s and Colitis UK[/url] is the working name of the National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC) which is a registered charity - Number 1117148 (England) and SC038632 (Scotland).[lt]br /[gt] [lt]br /[gt][url=http://www.iasupport.org/]IA - The Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group[/url] (formerly known as the Ileostomy Association of Great Britain and Ireland) is a charity registered under number 234472.[/sub][/p] [p][/p]
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