I want you to meet McCoy and Desmon Rowley, brother and sister.
They both suffer from Crohn's disease.
Desmon is also battling Leukemia at this time.
(Desmon is on the left, McCoy top right and their younger brother bottom right)
has been created to help raise funds for Crohn's disease awareness and research. They are also committed to raise funds for Leukemia research and immune compromised services.
A portion of the charity's proceeds will also be given to help Crohn's and Leukemia patients pay medical bills.
Here is a little more of their story from the website.
Desmon was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 4 years ago. She has had a long hard battle with Crohn’s and has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. She has Crohn’s throughout her GI and has taken many medications, and has had many surgeries to help put her in remission. Unfortunately they have all failed, forcing her to battle both, Crohn’s and Leukemia at this time.
A couple of weeks after Desmon started Chemotherapy her brother McCoy was taken to the Emergency Room at the SLC Primary Children’s Hospital where Desmon was having Chemotherapy. There he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. My sister, their mother, got the call from the ER just downstairs from where she had been staying with Desmon. This was another mountain the family has been asked to climb and they not only have done it with great courage, but also with grace.
If you don't have plans this weekend, you can now.
On Saturday, June 12th,
Team DeCoy Foundation will be holding a few fundraising events.
The first is a 5k & 1 mile fun run
sponsored by Mountain Aire Market
It will be at:
Cedar Ridge Elementary
4501 W. Cedar Hills Dr.
Cedar Hills, UT
Race packet pickup and registration 7:30 a.m.
1 mile start time 8:30 a.m.
5k start time 9:00 a.m.
You can go here to print off a registration form or register online.
The cost is $15 pre-registration ($20 day of race)
T-shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis.
Post race refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact Dave or Holly at (801) 796-6221 or go here.
Wait! There's more!
After the run, there will be a market with vendors and food.
There will also be a
Silent Auction, Car Wash and Bake Sale
at Heritage Park
4450 West Cedar Hills Dr.
from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Proceeds from these fundraising events will go toward medical bills for the Rowley family, Crohn's research, and helping the SLC Primary Children's Cancer Wing make a cancer patient's stay a little bit brighter.
If you can't attend any of the fundraising events, but would still like to donate to the Team DeCoy Foundation go here.
You can also sign their guestbook and leave them a message.
Or, you are welcome to leave them a message here and I will be sure to pass it on.
To the Rowleys,
We've never met, but I love you.
This is truly, one beautiful family.
all images via TeamDeCoy Foundation