Chris Shilakes, Kaely Orenski and Mackie

Chris Shilakes, Kaely Orenski and Mackie

Westchester native Kaely Orenski and husband Chris Shilakes, both 28, fell in love after their first date at Disneyland 10 years ago.

On Sunday they head back to the Happiest Place on Earth to participate in the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Half Marathon. The cause is a personal one: in 2011, Shilakes was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a painful inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

“Living with Crohn’s disease is a daily struggle, but I was having a particularly difficult time last summer when my wife and I discovered CCFA’s Team Challenge. It has helped me improve my health by providing motivation to train,” said Shilakes, a sound engineer.

Orenski, a psychologist, and Shilakes are collecting donations to support the foundation’s work at chrisandkaely.com, where they are also blogging about their experience. They hope to raise $5,000 and are about half way there, Orenski said.

— Joe Piasecki

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