Gutsy Walk 2019 - Gutsy Walk 2019

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Date:
Registration: 1:00 PM
Warm Up: 2:00 PM
Start: 2:30 PM
Walk Distance: 5K

This location will have a Camp Got2Go Kids Zone which will feature Camp Got2Go-inspired activities. It’s a chance to meet other kids taking on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and get a taste of Camp Got2Go, an overnight camp for youth living with inflammatory bowel disease.

ABOUT GUTSY WALK

Cures 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_MA@crohnsandcolitis.ca
1-800-265-1101

LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR

Carrie, 2019 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair




Hey! My name is Carrie and I am excited to be the Honorary Chair for PEI Gutsy Walk 2019!

I have been living with ulcerative colitis for 15 years. Being diagnosed during my first year of teaching, ulcerative colitis has been a big part of my entire career. It all came to a head one evening when I walked into the emergency room of our local hospital. I had dropped 40 lbs in a month, my hair was falling out and my skin was turning yellow. I was in terrible pain all day and every day, and was spending way too much time in the bathroom. I had some tests booked for the coming weeks, but I cried there that evening because I thought I was losing my mind. I needed to know what was going on. I needed the pain to stop. I was admitted for the week and got into some of the appointments a little sooner.

Although IBD affects everyone different, my story includes many of the “staples” for a typical journey- weight loss, hospitalization, many different medications (and side effects), good days, joint pain, fluctuating energy levels, weight gain, experimentation with foods, flare-ups, appointments and therapies. My last flare (and the prednisone to treat it) forced me to take a leave from teaching. I’m happy to say that my current treatment is going very well. So I will hang on to that- for now.

I am lucky to have the support of so many in my journey with IBD: my family and friends- who deal most closely with my (sometimes) exaggerated stories and roller coaster of energy levels; my rockstar doctors and a physiotherapist who keep me on track, and my students who know my story and practice empathy and understanding the best way they can.

I’m pleased to represent PEI and my “U C, we have UC!” team in this year’s GUTSY WALK. If you can’t participate, know that I’m walking for you. Here’s to sticking together and raising awareness for this cause.