Dave Coalter recently completed his first half-marathon in Las Vegas for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Team Challenge raising over $6,000 that will go toward research in hopes of finding a cure. The Orlando Chapter raised $93,000 and all chapters in the US combined raised an astonishing $4.3 million dollars!
The following is an excerpt from the email he sent out to everyone that donated:
Thank you all so much for your generous donation. With your help I was able to raise $6,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and the Orlando TeamChallenge team I was a part of raised $93,000. Combined all the TeamChallenge chapters in the US raised a staggering 4.3 million dollars for this one event alone!
It was such an amazing weekend it’s hard to put into words. Saturday night was an inspirational Pasta Party with all of the chapters attending. I was able to introduce the Orlando chapter’s local hero Cameron Cox (a 14 year old with Crohn’s) to Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist Mike McCready who also has Crohn’s and was the TeamChallenge Honored Hero for the event. It was wonderful to see how excited Cameron was after meeting and talking with Mike. Mike even gave him a guitar pick. I promised Cameron I’d take him to a Pearl Jam concert next time they go on tour.
Sunday we had a joint team meeting with the South Florida chapter and everyone shared the story of why they were there. Many had loved ones with Crohn’s or Colitis and others had the disease themselves. Half of the TeamChallenge members running the race had Crohn’s or Colitis. By the end of the meeting there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
We all headed down to our ‘corral’ for the big race. 44,000 people we’re running so we were released in waves. The energy was electric. The longest I had been able to run during training was 6 miles due to foot problems. The adrenaline was pumping and I was able to keep up with the 2:15 pace group until mile 11. Then my legs and feet gave out. Pumped that I had made it that far I walked a bit enjoying the lights on the strip and summoned up some energy to jog the last .5 mile.
I met so many amazing and inspiring people. Ones that I know I’ll continue to stay in touch with for years to come. I was really touched by the TeamChallenge camaraderie during the race. 1,400 TeamChallenge members were running and if one of them saw your orange jersey they’d high five you and cheer you on. Even though I’m still tired and sore, I’ve been recharged by all the positive energy that was around me. That was living. Thank you again for your generous support.
Wishing you all the best,