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Janelle Baliko
Kayaking the Connecticut River
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Kayaking the Connecticut River  - July 2013

While Janelle has lived with Crohn's for almost 30 years now, her preferred focus remains on the celebration of life when the disease is in remission. 

Yes, the past 30 years have proven to be difficult at times, something Janelle's cousin Dan witnessed firsthand during the summers he spent with Janelle's family down in Maryland. Too many times to count how often Janelle was sidelined due to excruciating pain, not complaining, just silently watching and just hoping the pain would subside, Dan quietly observed. Six surgeries could be a lot more if it wasn't for her incredible team of GI doctors.

Dan and his family traveled from their home in New Hampshire down to Maryland to visit Janelle in August 2012. It was at this time, that Dan presented his idea of wanting to give back and he wanted to do so in Janelle's honor. Since the two share a common love of kayaking, they were going to take that passion to a level that would be meaningful to both of them. Dan's suggestion of kayaking the Connecticut River through his homestate of New Hampshire was overwhelming to the beginner Janelle, but he ensured her he would 'get her down the river.' Afterall, Dan said, "if you can put up with the challenges of an incurable disease over a lifetime, I can certainly endure a 234 mile trip in 12-14 days in an effort to find a cure."

And so it began...

To the 1.4 million adults and children, especially the children, this one's for every single one of you. That you can dig deep and find a reason to smile despite the pain; despite the hospitalizations; despite the invasive exams; despite the medications and their sometimes-worse-than-the-illness side effects; despite not being able to eat; despite being too embarrassed to leave your house...despite the bad times, our goal is to raise money so one day very soon the wonderful researchers will find the cause and subsequently - a cure for both Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis - a cure for you and me.

For media or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Janelle at janellebaliko@gmail.com

If you prefer to send a check, please make payable to CCFA and send to 
Janelle Baliko
PO Box 277
Leonardtown, MD 20650

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The mission of CCFA is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Learn more about our mission.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
Read more about Crohn's disease.

 

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous.
Read more about ulcerative colitis.
 

Together, we can make possible the many programs and services needed to improve the quality of life of IBD sufferers.Your generous support gives hope to the many children and adults who are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Nearly 1 in 200 people are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (known as inflammatory bowel diseases or IBD). This number includes more than 1.4 million Americans. Sadly, the fastest growing patient population is children under the age of 18. These diseases are debilitating, highly misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

 

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Kayaking the Connecticut River  - July 2013

While Janelle has lived with Crohn's for almost 30 years now, her preferred focus remains on the celebration of life when the disease is in remission. 

Yes, the past 30 years have proven to be difficult at times, something Janelle's cousin Dan witnessed firsthand during the summers he spent with Janelle's family down in Maryland. Too many times to count how often Janelle was sidelined due to excruciating pain, not complaining, just silently watching and just hoping the pain would subside, Dan quietly observed. Six surgeries could be a lot more if it wasn't for her incredible team of GI doctors.

Dan and his family traveled from their home in New Hampshire down to Maryland to visit Janelle in August 2012. It was at this time, that Dan presented his idea of wanting to give back and he wanted to do so in Janelle's honor. Since the two share a common love of kayaking, they were going to take that passion to a level that would be meaningful to both of them. Dan's suggestion of kayaking the Connecticut River through his homestate of New Hampshire was overwhelming to the beginner Janelle, but he ensured her he would 'get her down the river.' Afterall, Dan said, "if you can put up with the challenges of an incurable disease over a lifetime, I can certainly endure a 234 mile trip in 12-14 days in an effort to find a cure."

And so it began...

To the 1.4 million adults and children, especially the children, this one's for every single one of you. That you can dig deep and find a reason to smile despite the pain; despite the hospitalizations; despite the invasive exams; despite the medications and their sometimes-worse-than-the-illness side effects; despite not being able to eat; despite being too embarrassed to leave your house...despite the bad times, our goal is to raise money so one day very soon the wonderful researchers will find the cause and subsequently - a cure for both Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis - a cure for you and me.

For media or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Janelle at janellebaliko@gmail.com

If you prefer to send a check, please make payable to CCFA and send to 
Janelle Baliko
PO Box 277
Leonardtown, MD 20650

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The mission of CCFA is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Learn more about our mission.

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
Read more about Crohn's disease.

 

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous.
Read more about ulcerative colitis.
 

Together, we can make possible the many programs and services needed to improve the quality of life of IBD sufferers.Your generous support gives hope to the many children and adults who are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Nearly 1 in 200 people are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (known as inflammatory bowel diseases or IBD). This number includes more than 1.4 million Americans. Sadly, the fastest growing patient population is children under the age of 18. These diseases are debilitating, highly misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

 

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Providing Hope, Inspiring Action

When the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) was founded in 1967, inflammatory bowe

The Organization:

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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