Kaitlin Anelauskas
Ironman Chattanooga Fundraising
  • My Goal:
  • $1,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $1,005
  • # of Donations:
  • 19
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Thank you so much for joining me in supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)!  As some of you know, I will be competing in my first Ironman this year, heading south to Ironman Chattanooga.  I've been racing triathlons for just over 2 years now, and will be racing as a professional/elite this year.  Though I can technically now make money in the sport, I also want to use it as a platform to help out charitable organizations that support causes that are meaningful to me.  

My younger sister, Jill, was diagnosed with Colitis in 2008.  This chronic and serious illness has significant effects on daily life, and is often difficult to talk about with others.  She has had to deal with many awful symptoms of the disease over the past several years and tried a number of medications, but has handled it like a champ.  She's even completed a marathon and many half marathons, while battling the disease.   Check out an interview she did for my website here.

Right now, there is no cure for Crohn's or Colitis.  CCFA helps fund reasearch efforts, and your donation gets us one step closer to finding relief for the millions of people affected by IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases).  Any little bit helps, and I hope you will help me in supporting this great cause.  

Below is some additional information about the CCFA, if you are interested in what they do and the future of IBD research.   Again, thank you for joining me in helping find a cure for IBD!

 

When the CCFA was founded in 1967, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, were little known and not understood. Those who were diagnosed with these serious chronic illnesses generally had nowhere to go for education or support. Most were uncomfortable discussing their condition, even with friends and family. Resources for research funding were scarce.

From the beginning, CCFA has sought to offer IBD patients hope for a better quality of life and future cures, as well as inspiring action to achieve those goals. With your help as donors and friends, CCFA has played a critical role in the revolutionary changes in research, treatment, and awareness of IBD over the past 45 years. You have kept us moving ahead.

Today, we are the largest private funder of IBD research outside the federal government, having invested more than $200 million in approximately 1,525 senior research and training grants over the past 45 years. In 2012, your help enabled us to invest $44.2 million, up from $43.5 million in 2011, in programs critical to our mission. Eighty-two percent of all funds raised in 2012 went directly into research, education, and patient/family support.

There is still work to be done...

Along with research funding, the need for patient and professional services and support continues to increase. Currently one in every 200 Americans is affected by IBD. The fastest growing patient population is under the age of 18, and the percentage of new patients over 60 is also on the rise. CCFA patient services strive to reach patients and families at every age and stage.

Support groups remain at the heart of our mission. In 2012, support groups served 12,575 patients and families. The introduction of our new online support group has enabled patients whose nearest in-person group may be more than 200 miles away to participate in live chats with doctors and nurses. Webcasts and online seminars provide information on topics ranging from research breakthroughs to handling the transition from pediatric to adult medical care.

With your help, we can continue to fund all of our vital programs. Your support not only funds critical research, but also helps sustain crucial education and support programs for those who are struggling with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Thank you so much for joining me in supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)!  As some of you know, I will be competing in my first Ironman this year, heading south to Ironman Chattanooga.  I've been racing triathlons for just over 2 years now, and will be racing as a professional/elite this year.  Though I can technically now make money in the sport, I also want to use it as a platform to help out charitable organizations that support causes that are meaningful to me.  

My younger sister, Jill, was diagnosed with Colitis in 2008.  This chronic and serious illness has significant effects on daily life, and is often difficult to talk about with others.  She has had to deal with many awful symptoms of the disease over the past several years and tried a number of medications, but has handled it like a champ.  She's even completed a marathon and many half marathons, while battling the disease.   Check out an interview she did for my website here.

Right now, there is no cure for Crohn's or Colitis.  CCFA helps fund reasearch efforts, and your donation gets us one step closer to finding relief for the millions of people affected by IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases).  Any little bit helps, and I hope you will help me in supporting this great cause.  

Below is some additional information about the CCFA, if you are interested in what they do and the future of IBD research.   Again, thank you for joining me in helping find a cure for IBD!

 

When the CCFA was founded in 1967, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, were little known and not understood. Those who were diagnosed with these serious chronic illnesses generally had nowhere to go for education or support. Most were uncomfortable discussing their condition, even with friends and family. Resources for research funding were scarce.

From the beginning, CCFA has sought to offer IBD patients hope for a better quality of life and future cures, as well as inspiring action to achieve those goals. With your help as donors and friends, CCFA has played a critical role in the revolutionary changes in research, treatment, and awareness of IBD over the past 45 years. You have kept us moving ahead.

Today, we are the largest private funder of IBD research outside the federal government, having invested more than $200 million in approximately 1,525 senior research and training grants over the past 45 years. In 2012, your help enabled us to invest $44.2 million, up from $43.5 million in 2011, in programs critical to our mission. Eighty-two percent of all funds raised in 2012 went directly into research, education, and patient/family support.

There is still work to be done...

Along with research funding, the need for patient and professional services and support continues to increase. Currently one in every 200 Americans is affected by IBD. The fastest growing patient population is under the age of 18, and the percentage of new patients over 60 is also on the rise. CCFA patient services strive to reach patients and families at every age and stage.

Support groups remain at the heart of our mission. In 2012, support groups served 12,575 patients and families. The introduction of our new online support group has enabled patients whose nearest in-person group may be more than 200 miles away to participate in live chats with doctors and nurses. Webcasts and online seminars provide information on topics ranging from research breakthroughs to handling the transition from pediatric to adult medical care.

With your help, we can continue to fund all of our vital programs. Your support not only funds critical research, but also helps sustain crucial education and support programs for those who are struggling with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Kaitlin Anelauskas
117 day(s) ago
Kaitlin Anelauskas donated $160
Sue & Steve Fernandes
121 day(s) ago
Sue & Steve Fernandes donated $100.00
"It was amazing to get to see you & Matt excel in the ironman. What an accomplishment for an important cause! xo"
Valerie Tormey
155 day(s) ago
Valerie Tormey donated $50.00
"I donated because Kaitlin is awesome! And I have family members that have had crohns."
Keith Manning
156 day(s) ago
Keith Manning donated $50.00
"Hope you have a great race Kaitlin!"
Tricia Ryan
156 day(s) ago
Tricia Ryan donated $10.00
"Good luck!"
Jayne Hetherington
156 day(s) ago
Jayne Hetherington donated $25.00
"Crush it tomorrow, Kaitlin!!"
Gwen Wiscount
158 day(s) ago
Gwen Wiscount donated $25.00
"GOOD LUCK in your Ironman Kaitlin!! You are such an inspiration!"
Kaitlin Anelauskas
Kaitlin Anelauskas - Thanks, Gwen!!
Sep 25, 2014 9:42 am
Caitlin Combs
159 day(s) ago
Caitlin Combs donated $40.00
"WOOOT! Go Kaitlin!!!!!"
Kaitlin Anelauskas
Kaitlin Anelauskas - You rock - thanks!
Sep 25, 2014 9:42 am
Kimberly Mikesh
160 day(s) ago
Kimberly Mikesh donated $50.00
"You rock, Kaitlin! Dan and I will be cheering you on from afar :)"
Kaitlin Anelauskas
Kaitlin Anelauskas - Woohoo! Thanks, Kimberly and Dan!
Sep 25, 2014 9:42 am
Mary Anelauskas
184 day(s) ago
Mary Anelauskas donated $100.00
"Good luck Honey! glad you are doing it for a great cause. Love Mom and Dad"
Kaitlin Anelauskas
Kaitlin Anelauskas - You two are the best in the world! Coming all the way to watch me race, and donating to a great cause...love you so much! :)
Aug 30, 2014 3:32 pm
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My Team:

Team CCFA
$76,635 Raised
177 Team Members

The Campaign:

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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