Mesa Police Detective Raising Funds To Fight Crohn's Disease
June 5, 2008
It is estimated that 1.4 million Americans suffer from Crohn's
Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn's Disease may occur in
people of all ages, but is primarily a disease of adolescents
and young adults. Crohn's Disease can occur in people who are 70
or older and in very young children as well. 10% of those
affected are younger than 18. On average, people diagnosed with
Ulcerative Colitis are in their mid thirties, although the
disease can occur at any age.
On July 20th 2008, Mesa Police Detective George Beck will run in
the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon to raise funds for
research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for
Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. At the age of 21,
Detective Beck was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. For years he
managed through the physical complications associated with the
disease, then in 2005 Detective Beck suffered a major episode
that required emergency surgery and a 35 day stay in the
hospital and another 10 day stay shortly thereafter.
Complications in treatment caused paralysis to his left leg. By
the end of 2005 Detective Beck's weight was down to 108 pounds.
Detective Beck worked hard through physical therapy and was able
to regain the use of his left leg. Medication and a healthier
lifestyle has helped him to stay symptom free for the past three
years. Detective Beck has made a commitment to helping others
with this disease and would like to help find a cure. Detective
Beck's goal is to raise $3,800, which will go towards finding a
cure. Anyone interested in sponsoring Detective Beck and helping
find a cure for Crohn's Disease can go to
www.active.com/donate/napa08southwest/georgebeck. Members of
the media who are interested in speaking to Detective Beck can
make contact through the Media Relations Office.