Crohn’s and Colitis: 60 walks on June 5 across Canada

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On Sunday, June 5th, More than 20,000 Canadians will walk united on Sunday to stop Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at 60+ Gutsy Walk locations across Canada.

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.
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Visit 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
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