This is my son Mike who was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2011. He was struggling with severe stomach issues and after visiting several doctors and going through a lot of tests his doctors diagnosed Crohn’s.

This picture is from Mike’s first triathlon a couple of years ago. It was a sprint triathlon and he finished fourth in his age group. Not bad for a kid with Crohn’s or, for that matter, any kid doing his first race.

Mike is one of my heroes. He is living his life with Crohn’s disease but not letting it define who he is. Mike is a talented musician who has a real gift for playing the guitar. Both electric and acoustic. He is committed to working out and lifting weights every day. He also has a passion for history and learning new things.

I wish I had Mike’s focus when I was his age. I am proud he is my son.

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