By Brian Greenberg @BrianIIF
As the founder of the Intense Intestines Foundation (IIF) I’ve been able to speak with a lot of INCREDIBLE people in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and ostomy communities. I can't even explain what an honor it is to have met others with similar illnesses as well as those living and thriving with an ostomy. I look forward to meeting many more of you at future IIF events.
When I first started Intense Intestines Foundation back in 2011, I was struggling in my own battle with Crohn’s disease and living with an ostomy, but I continued to move forward knowing that this organization’s goal was to support and inspire others with similar conditions.
I receive messages every day that someone tried to do a little more, despite their illness, because they read my blog, saw a post on our Facebook page, or attended our events. When I hear this, it motivates me to do even more to help others. Each day we wake up, we either have a choice to participate in the negativity or do our little part to make the world a better place. One person can make a difference!
I’ll be taking on a new challenge and pushing the limits again this fall with IIF’s campaign called #100MilesForCancerAndIBD. This consists of a 70.3 mile Half Ironman on October 2, 2016 and a 26.2 mile New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016.
Not gonna lie… I’m a little (okay, maybe A LOT) nervous about going into this, but with the right planning, preparation and your support, I know it can be done. I’m doing this to give back, but also to inspire others with cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomies. 50 percent of all donations raised in this campaign will be given to the Jimmy V. Foundation for cancer research and the other 50 percent will be supporting our mission at Intense Intestines Foundation.
You may be asking why I’ve chosen to help fund cancer research. I’ve been through a lot with Crohn’s, but my girlfriend Sarah lost her birth Mother to colon cancer when she was only nine years old, and recently lost her Aunt to lymphonia. Sarah’s Father is a prostate cancer survivor and her Grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) awareness has been my focus with IIF, however cancer is the reason that many people have ostomy surgery. I want to support everyone in the IBD, cancer and ostomy communities; we are all connected.
My goal is to raise $10,000 by November 6, 2016 and cross the finish line at the New York Marathon!
Here are 3 ways you can help #100MilesForCancerAndIBD:
In the next day:
Head over to the IIF Facebook page- “like,” share posts and leave a message of support and encouragement for the goal Brian has set out to accomplish.
In the next week:
If all your needs are met, make a financial donation. No amount is too small, everything counts. Even a $5 donation goes a long way when many people donate together.
In the next month:
You can fundraise for the Intense Intestines Foundation in any event or for any activity you’d like. It takes just minutes to set up a page to benefit IIF. Just click this link and then select “Fundraise for this cause”. Soon your fundraising page will be up and running.