Patrick Devereaux is a businessman with a 23-year career in sales who lives in southern California with his wife and two daughters. In 1991 at age 17, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After experiencing months of extreme symptoms in May, 2016 his colon perforated and he had emergency ostomy surgery on June 28, 2016 to save his life. This would be the first of three surgeries to create an ileoanal reservoir, also known as a J-pouch, which he lives with today.
“My goal after the final surgery is to get my strength back, get back to an active life—lift weights, go surfing, run races, play softball, skateboard, mountain bike—and do anything else I want to do.” – Patrick Devereaux
On October 14, Patrick participated in the "Race For The Rescues" 10k to help raise money for The Rescue Train, a non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to eliminating animal suffering and euthanasia. Race For The Rescues is a day when animal lovers of all ages come out to run, walk, shop or adopt. The race was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and Patrick came in #33 overall and #2 in his age group.
Patrick's lives by the motto, "just do something." These inspiring words describe the challenges he faced surviving an illness, "Never give up and never doubt yourself. Only you can make yourself great. Just do something." And when you're ready, get back out there and accomplish your goals — it's time for your own comeback.