Crohn's Disease is much more than just "going to the bathroom a lot." There's excruciating pain throughout your entire body. Your joints swell up to the point of not being able to bend them or walk. Your body becomes weak and malnourished. You lose the energy to even get out of bed. Some people require ostomy bags or have sections of their intestines removed. Your diet becomes restricted and some people have to be fed intravenously.
Although there are various medications available that work to varying degrees on a person to person basis, there still isn't a cure. There are many great foundations out there that are fighting to find a cure and fighting to improve treatment. Genesee Beard Co. is vouching to donate 15% of all proceeds for the month of October to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. We're also hoping our amazing customers want to join in as well! We ask that if you can spare it, to please consider donating any amount to this cause. If we reach the $2,000 dollar mark, I'll shave my beard off live (either through Facebook Live or at an event in Rochester, NY [TBD]) as a symbol to my initial diagnosis and the road to finding a cure.
Update: 11/1/2017 - We didn't quite hit out goal but we were still able to come together and raise money for Crohn's Disease research. Thanks for everyone that helped out and we look forward to doing this again next October. - Dave Meleca