What is mYm?

Make your Mark (mYm) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partnered with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to raise money towards Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research. In the first year, mYm was able to raise around $3000. Participants received prizes and mYm gear. 


Check out an AD on the Got Guts Gala E-Journal here. 


The official website can be found at http://makeyourmark.webs.com

Why was it created?

mYm was created in honor of Renee's brother who at the time was 13, but had Crohn's Disease since he was 5 years old. He had been through his share of ups and downs, yet continues to be a happy and active young man. Over the years, Renee saw the lack of knowledge and information people had on the illnes. mYm was created to bring awareness to Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 


Make your Mark held an event to allow people to enjoy a fun day of basketball, learning and competing, while also raising money for Crohn's Disease research. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) actively helped in planning and contributing ideas regarding the event. All of the money raised from the event went to the CCFA towards research to hopefully help change at least one person's battle against Crohn's. 

About the Event

  • Make your Mark was a 1 day event in June of 2013

  • Players competed individually in the free throw contest and 3-pt shootout

  • Teams competed in the tournament where they each played 2 games

  • All finalists received a trophy

  • Participants received a t-shirt, wristband, and water bottle

  • One donor pledged to donate money for every free throw he made out of 50 shots

  • There was concession stand on site

  • Participants were able to purchase t-shirts, wristbands, and other gear

  • There was also a raffle ticket drawing at the event for a chance to win autographed gear, scholarship money, and some other items

Facts about Crohn's Disease

  • It is estimated that about a million people in the United States suffer from IBD

  • Of those million, about half (500,000) have Crohn's.

  • The other half have Ulcerative Colitis, the second type of IBD.

  • About 500,000 adult Americans have Crohn's disease, with males and females affected equally.

  • Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages, but it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 -35. 

  • In parts of Europe, around 0.3 to 0.5% of people are thought to have Crohn’s.

  • People who smoke are believed to be more likely to get Crohn’s, and there is no noted preference between the number of males or females who contract the disease.

  • Crohn’s is slightly less common in people of

  • African American heritage and slightly more common in people of Jewish descent.

  • About 1 in 5 people who have Crohn’s have a close family relative with some other form of IBD or IBS.

  • Onset of the disease occurs most commonly in people in their 20′s

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Special Thanks to our Board Members and Support

Myra Washington

Co-founder and President of Make your Mark


Keri Washington

Vice President 

Kori Washington

Senior Account Manager


Dawn Halsey

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Event Coordinator


Tim Williams

Princeton Day School Athletic Director and Venue Coordinator


Shivani Patel

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Event Contact


Thank you to all of our Sponsors


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