Tim Hutchinson

Keep Going Until I Am Done!
  • My Goal:
  • $9,684
  • Raised So Far:
  • $3,300
  • # of Donations:
  • 24
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I remember April 6th, 2013 vividly. My son, Mason, was training at the pool, and my wife and I were at home working in the yard. When he got home, he went straight into the den and curled up in a fetal position on the couch. The pain in his stomach was severe.

After a trip to the after-hours clinic turned into a dash to the emergency room, we knew something wasn't right. And a few hours later, we heard the word Crohn's mentioned. That was the start of 10 days in the hospital and 2.5 years of controlled eating and regular Remicade infusions.

At the time he was diagnosed, he was a highly competitive swimmer in his junior year of high school. This proved to be a positive and a negative. Because of his extensive training routine, much of the pain he was feeling was written off as soreness or muscle aches. It delayed his diagnosis to the point where he had a 3 cm abcess and numerous imflammation polyps.

The positive of his athletic lifestyle was the discipline he maintained. Now he just had to watch what he ate as diligently as he practiced swimming.  And he has continued that discipline as a college swimmer at Gardner-Webb University. Judging from this picture, he does not look like he has any health issues. But Crohn's Disease is still there waiting. Waiting for him to have a flare up and attack his intestines again.

On April 23rd, 2016 I attempted the Leatherwood Ultra 50K in Ferguson, North Carolina as a fundraiser for CCFA. This 31 mile long run had 9000 feet of elevation gain, but being from flat Louisiana I was done at 16 miles. DNF.  Failure.  But just as with Mason's recovery and treatment for Crohn's, this was only the first battle. I will conquer this race and keep fighting to raise money for CCFA. Just as Mason will keep fighting.

And next time, I will keep going until I am done.

To read more about my training and stupidity, please visit my website: www.timbeaux.com 

 

When the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (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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I remember April 6th, 2013 vividly. My son, Mason, was training at the pool, and my wife and I were at home working in the yard. When he got home, he went straight into the den and curled up in a fetal position on the couch. The pain in his stomach was severe.

After a trip to the after-hours clinic turned into a dash to the emergency room, we knew something wasn't right. And a few hours later, we heard the word Crohn's mentioned. That was the start of 10 days in the hospital and 2.5 years of controlled eating and regular Remicade infusions.

At the time he was diagnosed, he was a highly competitive swimmer in his junior year of high school. This proved to be a positive and a negative. Because of his extensive training routine, much of the pain he was feeling was written off as soreness or muscle aches. It delayed his diagnosis to the point where he had a 3 cm abcess and numerous imflammation polyps.

The positive of his athletic lifestyle was the discipline he maintained. Now he just had to watch what he ate as diligently as he practiced swimming.  And he has continued that discipline as a college swimmer at Gardner-Webb University. Judging from this picture, he does not look like he has any health issues. But Crohn's Disease is still there waiting. Waiting for him to have a flare up and attack his intestines again.

On April 23rd, 2016 I attempted the Leatherwood Ultra 50K in Ferguson, North Carolina as a fundraiser for CCFA. This 31 mile long run had 9000 feet of elevation gain, but being from flat Louisiana I was done at 16 miles. DNF.  Failure.  But just as with Mason's recovery and treatment for Crohn's, this was only the first battle. I will conquer this race and keep fighting to raise money for CCFA. Just as Mason will keep fighting.

And next time, I will keep going until I am done.

To read more about my training and stupidity, please visit my website: www.timbeaux.com 

 

When the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (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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Providing Hope, Inspiring Action

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

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...

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