Crohn’s and Colitis Canada expects to raise $3.5 million to support research, patient programs, advocacy and awareness to improve the lives of children and adults living with these devastating diseases.
- Canadians have more reasons to be concerned about Crohn`s and colitis than anyone else in the world: one in every 150 Canadians live with these life-altering diseases – among the highest rates worldwide.
- Canadian children under 10 with Crohn’s and colitis are the fastest growing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) demographic in the world – rates of the disease have doubled in this group since 1995.
- The annual economic impact of these diseases is more than $2.8 billion dollars.
- Many in your community live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, so it’s likely someone you know is affected by this painful and often isolating disease.
Visit www.gutsywalk.ca to find the walk location nearest you and the start time.
- Gutsy Walk started as the Heel ‘n’ Wheel-a-Thon in 1996 in 24 communities and has since grown to 60+ communities; $32 million in funds raised to date.
- Over the past 20 years, with the support of thousands of dedicated volunteers and participants, Gutsy Walk has grown from raising $3.1 to $3.4 million per year for education and research.
- Through the fundraising efforts of Gutsy Walk participants, there are more researchers hard at work in Canada. Last year alone Crohn’s and Colitis Canada invested $6 million dollars right here in Canada. – CNW