TWO Weeks Until We Walk
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It’s the Final Countdown!

With 2 weeks left before the Morgantown Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis there’s no time to lose!

YOU can raise more than $200+ in 2 weeks!

Here are a few fun ways to raise more than $200 before we hit the streets for Take Steps:

1. Make a self-donation → $30
2. Challenge and tag TEN friends on Facebook to match it → $30-$300
3. Email 5 friends and ask them to forego their morning double mocha frappuccino and donate $5 instead → $25
4. Babysit for friends and ask them to donate to your page in place of payment→ $30
5. Team up for a car wash fundraiser and charge $10 per car….

And don’t forget WHY this extra fundraising push is worth it.

My story;

Walking for a cure!!!
Hey Friends,

It’s just me, just Josh,

Just one person in at least five million worldwide (probably many more since 50,000.each year is diagnosed), at least 1.6 million Americans that suffer from a Chronic Illness called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, we have no cure. Did you realize 35000 to 37000 people die each year from inflammatory bowel disease. We, I could really use your help!

I spend a lot of my time working in Taylor County, WV for youth sports, I am a basketball coach, (good one) and a former baseball coach, I really enjoy the Kiddo’s. My last basketball All Star Team went 24 and 2, ARob’s 6th grade year. My son (ARob) and I walk every year for breast cancer in our local Relay For Life.

This time of year is for me. I am and have been sick for 6.5, years with an incurable disease called Crohn’s disease, Crohn’s is illness that causes never ending sickness and pain, and as of late I am very sick again. In the past I have had bowel perforation, fistulas, anemia, diverticulitis and sepsis twice. Autoimmune diseases also come with partners and friends. Since becoming Ill with IBD, I have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, symptoms include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. The spine’s bones (vertebrae) may grow or fuse together, resulting in a rigid spine. I am also host to Crohn’s related rheumatoid arthritis in my hands, elbows, knees and feet. The meds I take for Crohn’s disease are dangerous as well as can be deadly, they cause infections, heart failure, liver failure, drug induced Lupus and sudden death, and the illness can be deadly as well. I have lost 13 people I knew through Social Media to Crohn’s or UC, Gary Pritchett and Dawn Davis Miller instantly come to mind.

Please consider me and my friends a worthy cause. I know that many of us are struggling financially right now and I know there are many causes out there to contribute too. But I am asking you as my friend to please donate any amount of money you can and walk with me, us, on Saturday, June 7th, 2015 at Hazel Ruby-McQuain Riverfront Park, Morgantown WV. Registration begins at 3:30PM. I am so looking forward to you guys being there, and again I’m not beating around the bush, I need your help and support, your money and support will help me and my “Crohnies” survive and find a cure! (I love these people more than you can know). Last get together the CCFA had they told us VERY big things are right around the corner! So join me, PLEASE I need you, join our cause!

Just Me, Josh

Hazel Ruby-McQuain Riverfront Park
Morgantown, WV
Saturday, June 7th, 2015

Registration Start: 3:30 PM
Walk Start: 4:30 PM

You don’t know how strong you can be until strong is the only choice you have.

Proud to have you on Grafton Gutsey,
Joshua E.

Don’t forget, all who raise $100 will join the Most Valuable Participant (MVP) Club and be recognized as an Awareness Builder! You will receive a Take Steps event, bragging rights, and recognition as a 2015 MVP. But it doesn’t stop there! Check out all the benefits of the MVP Club!


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what i want you to know about my IBD

I hope it is okay I re-bloged this Kelly.


there are many things you may know after hearing many commercials about IBD. while some of these symptoms are very valid for many people with crohns or colitis, there are a few things you need to know that pharmaceutical companies are not telling you.

1) its NOT all about pooping. contrary to what most pharmaceutical companies show on TV, pooping isnt the only thing we have to worry about, unfortunately. to get a bit personal with you for a minute, 60% of the time, i dont deal with diarrhea, i deal with painful muscle spasms, cramping & constipation. i dont mean a tummy ache that with over the counter stool softener, it will go away. i mean pain so bad it wakes you up out of a dead sleep & makes you want to pull out all of your teeth, pain.

2) the ‘in’visible pain. this pain is so difficult…

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