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Help a San Franciscan to Help Kids with a Bleeding Disorder Called ITP

A neighbor asked me to share this with y’all ….

Jun Watanabe, a 31-year-old San Francisco resident without superpowers but who is doing something heroic. He’s going to be running in an Ironman triathlon (meaning swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles, one right after the other) – all in order to help kids with a bleeding disorder called ITP (Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura).

Jun will be going to the Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, ID on June 22 as a member of the “ITP Team.” This is a project of the non-profit ITP Foundation, which battles ITP in children. TP Team members ask individuals or businesses to sponsor them in triathlons and other sporting events, and the money raised is donated to the Foundation.

Watanabe first became aware of ITP, which can cause severe bruising and bleeding, while volunteering as a swim coach for the YMCA in Darien, CT 4 years. ago One of the children he coached has chronic ITP; the parents of the child had recently launched the ITP Foundation, and Watanabe, who has been actively involved in endurance events for the past 8 years, quickly signed on and has since become the ITP Team Program Director.

Those wishing to sponsor Mr. Watanabe can get more inormation by emailing info@itpfoundation.org.

About ITP
ITP is an autoimmune disorder of unknown cause that affects both children and adults. ITP occurs when the immune system malfunctions and produces antibodies against the body’s own platelets. These antibodies destroy the platelets, resulting in a decreased level of blood platelets needed for normal blood clotting. Characterized by a low platelet count, notwithstanding normal bone marrow production and the absence of other specific causes (such as leukemia or aplastic anemia), ITP can lead to life-threatening bleeding episodes.

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