ABOUT GUTSY WALKCures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are steps away.
Join us on Sunday, June 2 at our 24th annual Gutsy Walk to walk, jog or run with us towards a future free from Crohn’s and colitis.
Registered Gutsy Walk participants will have the opportunity to:
• Receive a Gutsy Walk T-shirt by raising $100 or more
• Join our Top Pledge Earner Club by raising $1,000 or more
Have questions? For more information, please contact us:gutsywalk_AB_South@crohnsandcolitis.ca
NATIONAL HONORARY CHAIRS
Sam and Logan, 2019 Gutsy Walk National Honorary Chairs
We have not one, but two amazing individuals leading this year’s Gutsy Walk. Meet Sam and Logan, our 2019 Gutsy Walk National Honorary Chairs. The two fun-loving kids instantly became friends when they met through a support group at BC Children’s Hospital. And, the rest is history!Sam
My name is Sam, and I am excited to be a National Honorary Chair for the 2019 Gutsy Walk.
I found out that I have Crohn’s disease four years ago, and learning I have the disease made me feel as though I needed to make tough decisions about school and hockey, which I play as a goalie. While living with Crohn’s is part of my life, I don’t let it affect my life as I keep doing the things that I love like hanging out with my friends, playing hockey, and spending time outdoors.
I have met great people, like Logan, that are also living with an inflammatory bowel disease while going to support groups and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Camp Go2Go. I had a blast both times that I attended camp! Having friends that are going through similar experiences means a lot to me as we can have fun while still understanding how each other feels.
My family started taking part in the Gutsy Walk as a way to give back. Every year I look forward to meeting people at the walk that, like me, are living with the disease. And, going to the walk means that we are able to make a difference by joining together to raise awareness and funds for research that will help find cures.
If I had to give one piece of advice to others living with inflammatory bowel disease, I would say it is not going to be an easy road as you have to learn how to live with the disease, but it will get better. Keeping positive has really helped me when dealing with any challenges that I have faced, and it’s important to keep in mind that we need to do what we can to find cures, and we can do it together. Logan
My name is Logan, and I am really looking forward to taking part in the 2019 Gutsy Walk as a National Honorary Chair.
I learned that I have ulcerative colitis after experiencing symptoms during a ski trip with my family. When I found out I felt overwhelmed, but my friends and family, and healthcare professionals, continue to support me on this journey. Yes, I experience symptoms, but I stay positive because the disease does not define me. Being active is a big part of my life, and it always will be. Along with music, I am passionate about sports. I love soccer, basketball, skiing, and mountain biking. Cross-country running is one of my favourite things to do, which is why I race as fast as I can towards the finish line at the Gutsy Walk.
The first time I participated in the walk was in 2016 with the team OMG IBD, a group of awesome people that I met through a support group at BC Children’s Hospital. I had a great time, and since then I have continued to take part in the walk with friends and family. I walk because it is important to raise awareness, and I know the funds we raise for research will lead us to better treatments and cures.
I want kids like me, and everyone else living with inflammatory bowel disease, to know that you are not alone. You are strong. You are brave. Remember to share your story and listen to others – we are all here to support each other. We are in this together, and this is why I walk.Today, Sam and Logan are challenging you to join us at the Gutsy Walk on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Build your team. Rally your friends. Gather your family. Recruit your coworkers. Let’s walk together on one day for one mission because together we can find cures for Crohn’s and colitis.
See you there.