Megan is one of those amazing and wonderful people I've met thanks to The Internet. She is funny and sharp as a tack. She is a devoted lover of labra-dork retrievers. She has a recipe for coconut curd that makes me weak at the knees. But
Beka has Crohns disease.
You can click on the link there to get more information about what Crohns is, but here is what you really need to know: a chronic condition, Crohns currently has no cure. Medications can help - some people can be in remission for years, but other people go through much more regular cycles of flare-ups. It's not a fake disease, and it can have a huge impact on a person's personal and professional life.
But Beka, whom I've also gotten to know via that crazy Internet, doesn't appear to be letting something like Crohns affect her humor, vivacity, or really anything else.
Which is exactly how I would hope to deal with anything like Crohns, cancer, etc. The less she allows it to boss her around, the less it will be the "one thing" that defines her.
What Beka IS doing is planning her first half marathon after realizing, during training for a 5K, that running seemed to quell some of the symptoms. Her efforts in this will benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, specifically the Foundation's Camp Oasis, a camp for children diagnoses with Crohns and Colitis. Camp Oasis allows these kids to be, well, KIDS, despite their conditions, which many times, other children don't understand.
Y'all know I am definitely on board with my sisters who run for their causes. Beka and I have kind of bonded over the whole Crohns-colon cancer thing, finding 12-year-old humor in two diseases that are in all actuality NOT funny.
Good thing this bake sale is ANYTHING but funny. It's simply full of Awesome.
Don't believe me? Check it out - bid on the goods and goodies from 25 food bloggers (including yours truly) as well as some wonderfully generous companies to help Beka meet her goal for the CCFA and make a huge difference for the kids! You can bid until 8PM Pacific Daylight Time tonight on some amazing treats - just by clicking here.
Just keep your grubby mitts off the double dark chocolate merlot cookies. Those babies are MINE.