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.

 

 

Mesa Police Department
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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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