Climb for Crohn's

“Climbing for Crohn’s”

On August 9th, when I turn 60 years old, I say “goodbye” to one decade and say “hello” to another. As part of this celebration, I wanted to do something challenging and special.

“Hi”, my name is Chris and my son, Zach has Crohn’s disease. As my wife and I watched this disease rob him of many things from his daily life through high school and early college days, prior to his diagnosis, we felt lost in helping him and understanding the disease itself. The disease even went undiagnosed for several years, leaving us with many gaps of what was going on and understanding his pain. Now with medicine his disease is under control, but as so many suffer with Crohn’s or Colitis daily, I can’t help but wonder how many people, parents, and friends feel the same way we did in not understanding the disease and its effects. That's why my challenge is to help raise awareness in finding earlier and faster detection of the disease.

Loving the aura of the mountains, but being from the Midwest, has not always given me great opportunities to enjoy hiking and climbing in the Rocky Mountains. I have never climbed to the top of a mountain, but decided that would be my birthday celebration. As I was discussing my idea with my wife, it occurred to do this not for me, but for my son’s disease.  We called it, “Climbing for Crohn’s”!

That was even more reason to challenge myself in climbing to the top of a mountain and to help raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis.

I have decided to climb Colorado’s highest mountain, Mt. Elbert. The climb is not a technical one, but rather a long steady climb to the highest point. Starting early morning at the trailhead, myself, and hopefully others will begin the climb to raise awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis.

Join me as I train and prepare for this adventure by donating, and follow me through this website and my social media. Along the way, I hope you can donate, and more importantly, to share with your friends and family and be part of this cause to reach our goal of $3000. Let’s do this together, because as we all know, together we can make the difference!
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Goodygolf Man 
West Bend, WI
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Inc. 
Registered nonprofit
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