I'm raising money this year for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and Girls with Guts, two organizations that I highly value as someone with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the various communities I hail from, Girls with Guts and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation will EACH be receiving over $650 apiece. That is more than I hoped or dreamed! Two successful Zumbathon events and an online campaign that filled me with love. Thank you all.
Ahhh! I reached my goal, with just two days to spare! Thank you so much for donating. Your support means more than I can say to me and to my many friends (I can say "many" thanks to Girls with Guts retreats!) with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. I don't take your contribution lightly, and neither will the organizations that benefit.
With only two weeks to go, I'm at just about 75% of my online fundraising goal! I can't thank the donors enough for your support of me, of my many friends with IBD, of the once-lonely young women who find strength and hope in Girls with Guts retreats, and of the millions of others who would benefit from advances in research. But I'll try: THANK YOU!
I'm still working on getting the link to buy the Zumba party event tickets up and running, but in the meantime I wanted to provide a place for people to donate who can't attend the event.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org) works tirelessly on research and events to improve the lives of people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Girls with Guts is a much smaller nonprofit that, among a few other things, puts on a yearly retreat for young women with these diseases. I've attended twice and found it to be exceptionally healing.
I consider myself very lucky to be healthy enough to dance, and as I've done once before, this year I wanted to leverage the best thing in my life--Zumba--to fight the worst.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
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