Ryan Stevens, a Maumee native, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 36. Since then, he's gone through three surgeries including the removal of his colon.
Stevens first experienced symptoms in 2008 on Christmas Day. After three years of the medication not working he was forced to have his first operation.
Typically, the surgery to remove the colon will leave a 14-inch scar on the belly and through the stomach muscles. However, Stevens has just a one inch scar and no muscles were cut.
Today, Stevens is feeling rejuvenated and his planning to swim 24 miles across Lake Erie.
He hopes to raise $10,000 for the Cleveland Clinic and awareness for the disease. To donate, visit his site Chron's Guy.