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UCB Runners Lace Up to Support Patients


  • Posted by Katelyn Snider, U.S. Communications and Public Affairs9q0ipi0055.gif

    UCB supports local events across the country that benefit patients. Recently, our employees participated in two different runs in support of the epilepsy and Crohn’s disease communities.

    Last weekend, 80 participants joined the UCB team for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia’s 35th Annual Magnolia Run and Walk for Epilepsy. Overall, 1,400 attendees helped make the event successful and raised more than $180,000 in support of people living with epilepsy in Georgia. At the EpilepsyAdvocateTM booth, participants engaged with service dogs from Canine Assistants, local pharmacy students, and members from our epilepsy team to learn about ways we can work together to help break the stigma of living with epilepsy.

    “Walking alongside others who seek to drive awareness about epilepsy was motivating knowing we are all supporting the same cause. Attendees included people of varying ages, athletic abilities, and types of epilepsy. As each of us crossed the finish line, there was a sense of pride in knowing that we were working together to help 'break the stigma' and ultimately raise money to find a cure,” said UCB runner Dakar De La Cruz.

    Last month, 11 UCB runners joined 60 IBD patients to participate in the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon for the third consecutive year as part of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge program. The UCB team wound through vineyards and wineries on their way to the finish line with 3,600 other runners. Team Challenge raised $1.3 million during the event and more than $25 million overall over the past 11 years.

    “Running with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation made it very clear that every step, every mile of the run, counts for something and someone—and that really was the motivation to keep moving forward toward the finish line. I knew that I was running for a cure,” said UCB runner Joe Lotus.

    UCB is proud to participate in these events as one way to give back and connect with people we strive to serve in our day-to-day work.

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