This is a father-daughter story with a tough beginning, an ever-changing journey, and the hope of a happy ending, not just for Sarah Giorgi but all those who suffer with IBD. Sarah, now 15 and in remission, started her life with Crohn’s when she was 10-years-old. It started with a massive flare which took two hospital stays to finally get it somewhat under control. Now, five years later and on Remicade, Sarah is doing better, but that isn’t the end of the story.
Right after her diagnosis, Sarah and her father David got involved with the San Diego Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA). About one year later David signed up for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with Team Challenge. He had run before, but Team Challenge brought a new perspective and purpose to his running. Not only was he helping Sarah and others with IBD, but Team Challenge gave him a way to join the effort to find a cure. The next season he recommitted to running Napa to Sonoma and ended up beating his previous record. Sarah would hang out with the team and make new friends during the race. She was one of their honored heroes and decided that the experience would be better if she signed up for her own half marathon. Instead of Napa they chose to go to beautiful Kona. They both walked the half marathon and this year decided to run the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on November 16.
“Team Challenge has been such a life changer for us,” said David. “Not only are we doing something positive so everyone’s IBD story will have a happy ending, but we are making new friends, staying in touch with old ones, and leading a more healthy and productive life.”
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