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In August 2008 I packed up all of my things and moved across the country to go to grad school.  Two days after I arrived, I was scheduling an appointment with the Student Health Center to figure out why I was so sick, and by October 2008 I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  In that time I've been hospitalized three times, including a major surgery in February 2017.  It is a punishing disease, and I am challenged every day, even when healthy.  And I'm taking the fight head on.

For every Archer Woodworking item that contains purpleheart (a South American species of wood), I will donate a large portion of the proceeds to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (, a nonprofit organization that helps fund research for a cure and offers services to improve the lives of adults and children suffering from these diseases.  


Check out the following links for more info on ways to help:

Camp Oasis - A summer camp for kids with Crohn's and IBD

Gut It Out - MLB Pitcher Jake Diekman's foundation to fight Crohn's & Colitis