I've been involved with several charities over the years, but there are a few that are near and dear to my heart.
HIV/AIDS for my grandmother
Leukemia and Lymphoma for our dear friend Jeff
Muscular Dystrophy for my little cousin Oliver
Crohn's & Colitis for my husband
Whatever cause you get behind, I believe it's so important to find something that you are passionate about, and want to help raise awareness and funds for.
This October marks the second year I'll be playing in a touch football game at Met Life Stadium to benefit the New Jersey Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).
It's tough to step out on to that field where the enemy plays (the Giants), but it's for a good cause and it's a really fun day!
Last year my husband was between surgeries, but still played in the game, ileostomy bag and all. His story and strategic shirt lift during a break in play caught the attention of a reporter for the Star Ledger, and instantly his ileostomy became famous and made the paper the next day.
In any case, while we'll be spending a fun-filled day at Met Life Stadium in October, the real reason behind hitting the field is to raise awareness and funds for Crohn's & Colitis. There are so many affected by these two diseases and I'm happy to do my part.
What charity or charities do you get behind? If you're reading this and don't support any charities yet, it's never too late, find one that means something to you and participate in a walk, a run, attend a gala, play in a golf outing or even just head over to the charities website and donate.
To read more about my husbands journey with Ulcerative Colitis, click here.
I believe Billie Jean King said it best ... "Champions keep playing until they get it right." I will continue to keep fighting for the causes I believe in until one day (hopefully in my lifetime) we can find a cure for these life changing diseases.