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Mike McCready's Story
As an IBD patient, I have had days where I can barely get out of bed, let alone trying to perform on stages around the world in Pearl Jam.
Since I first spoke publicly about my disease in 2003, I have tried to be extremely open about my disease and the journey I've had. It hasn’t always been easy, as I've had accidents during concerts, been on numerous medications, have dealt with the stress of touring, and much more. But throughout it all, I've found one constant- the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
I've been a national spokesperson for the Foundation for years, hosting annual fundraisers, and sharing my story through the media. Along with my wife Ashley, we have participated in Team Challenge and spin4 Crohn’s & Colitis Cures, and visited with the children at Camp Oasis many times. Additionally, I've been heavily involved with the Northwest Chapter and its annual luncheon, during which the McCready Family Award is presented to an individual or family who has made an exceptional impact on the fight against IBD and/or IBD patients.
I recognize and appreciate that everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 in many different ways. For those who have the means, I ask that you join me in making a contribution to the foundation that helps so many with IBD. I'd like to thank everyone for the years of support.
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects almost 1 in 100 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is the largest non-profit, voluntary, health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’s mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who are affected by these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research; providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public; and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD.