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March 15, 2017

TIF Spring Update

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By: Jake Marcus

Good day all.  I wanted to update everyone on what we have been up to since this Fall. 

I ended up running my Fall Marathon in Chicago and finished with a time of 2:50:28.  It wasn't exactly what I was hoping for but Chicago was amazing as I had the opportunity to see a lot of friends and family and got to see Wrigley Field for the first time in my life for the Cubs playoff game as they embarked on their World Series Run.  Also, I had the chance to run a few miles with my Miami Distance Project teammate, Scott Byers, who ran a 2:51 even after being sidelined by hamstring issues for much of our training cycle.  He and my other teammates are ready for a big Boston Marathon this April, especially after our teammate Dino LaCapra just popped a 12-minute PR in D.C.  Very impressive group of runners that keep me motivated for my upcoming London Marathon this April. 

Speaking of the London Marathon, I've been able to keep a few steady weeks of 70-80 miles, including a few 20-mile runs in there.  It should be a great trip to Europe.  I'm also making sure to enjoy my final semester of grad school in Miami before the Bar Exam.
 
Recently, and thanks to a college friend, I had the opportunity to speak to a large group of Jewish teen leaders at a BBYO Conference in Dallas.  I was able to speak about TIF's success and the importance of getting involved in philanthropic missions at a young age, and how being young is not a disadvantage, and can in fact be used to your advantage.  Our Vice President and 2016 Man of the Year, DJ Howe, has been very impressive in his community at Coyle & Cassidy High School, and will continue to do great things as he continues to stay involved.

On the fundraising front, we have some huge news: Team Intestinal Fortitude has officially eclipsed the $1million mark of funds raised since our inception in December 2010!  This is exciting and humbling news, and I'm thrilled to make this announcement, especially as we approach our Annual Event.  The donation that put us over the top was made by our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Henry, who are highly involved in the community, especially through the DJ Dream Fund.  Thank you the Henry's and everyone for your support as we eclipse this impressive milestone.  We started off as a group of about 5-6 misfits with what we thought was a big goal of $12,500, and we quickly beat that goal and have raised the most monies for Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.  We could not have done it with out your help and everybody played a role in accomplishing this feat.

While we will be celebrating tomorrow night at our Seventh Annual TIF Event at the Thorny Lea Country Club on Thursday, March 16th, 2017, we still maintain our goal of not stopping until we find a cure.  Our initial involvment was inspired by the Wright Family, mother Kouri and son Timmy who has had Crohn's since age 3.  Fittingly, we will be celebrating their aid in helping TIF by honoring them as TIF's Woman and Man of the Year.  They have done a lot of impressive things in the Crohn's and Colitis community, especially with helping teens and pre-teens and their families affected by Crohn's and Colitis, and are rightfully being honored tomorrow night and our PR afficianado, Liz Brabants, has helped the Wright family get plenty of media exposure on the cusp of the big night.  We hope to see everyone there.

If you cannot be there, thank you for your support as we reached a goal we have been pushing towards since we realized it was actually possible and we could not have done it without your help.  We will continue to fight towards the cure.  Thank you.

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