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    Posted April 3, 2014 by
    Brattleboro, Vermont
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    I finished a Half Marathon in Honor of Run For Boston & CCFA Team New England!


    On July 21st, Brattleboro, Vermont resident, Dede Cummings, ran the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon with Team Challenge New England to raise funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (www.CCFA.org). This was her second Half Marathon with Team New England, and there were over 3,500 runners competing, with 672 from the CCFA.


    Cummings ran to raise research funds for the CCFA, whose mission is to find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and improve the quality of life of the 1.5 million American adults and children who suffer everyday, with a time of 2-1/2 hours and she placed in the middle of the racers on race day.


    Since she is from Vermont, she ran with Team Challenge from New England, and the group wore “Boston Strong” T-shirts. Team New England raised the most money of all the teams, over $400,000. The total money raised for the event was over $2.4 million dollars of which 80% goes to research. There were teams from across the United States, running to raise money for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.


    Cummings also ran for Ryan McMahon, a former Team Challenge runner who was badly injured in the Boston Marathon Bombing. Dede is now part of a group called Run for Boston (#runforboston), which is motivated to raise awareness for running and stay strong in the face of tragedy. For Dede, personally, she overcame a serious disease, but the three people killed on April 15, 2013 are always with her and she runs for them, too.


    This is from her blog entry after the Napa-to-Sonoma finsh:

    "At mile 12, we turned right and entered the small city of Sonoma. At this point people were lining the street, and urging us on, which was great. Both of my calves cramped up pretty badly, and I was kind of nervous. I could see the finish line ahead of me, and I thought I might have to sit down and not finish! I have to admit, I did get a little choked up when I crossed the finish line, and I felt really proud of myself for living with Crohn’s disease, yet still living my life to the fullest even after surgery to remove a portion of my small and large intestine. I felt so proud to wear my Team New England pin and my BostonStrong ribbon and finish my race #runforboston."

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