Registration: 9:00 AMWarm Up: TBDStart: 10:15 AMWalk Distance: 5K
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:
LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR
Portia, 2018 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair
My name is Portia Leavitt, and I’ve been given the opportunity by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to speak on behalf of people like me, suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Initially, I didn’t spend much time pondering the diagnosis, and rather found myself wrapped up in the demands of school and social life. But slowly, ulcerative colitis began to drive a wedge between me and my childhood, the age where I was supposed to be finding who I was, I was finding myself confined to hospitals.
What seemed to be a manageable illness eventually became a threat to my life, resulting in my entire colon becoming diseased. If I hadn’t already felt alone before in midst of my sudden disintegrating health, I felt more alone than ever when I was told there was no cure for this illness but to remove my entire large intestine.
Being 14 with an ileostomy bag showed me a different perspective of life, opening my eyes to the people around us who must jump over countless obstacles to adapt into their society with invisible illnesses.
Despite the impact ulcerative colitis left on my spirits, I remain determined to pursue nursing or gastroenterology. My goal is to contribute to the research of a cure, and I plan to start by joining the Gutsy Walk in order to meet others affected by the same illness and fund for a cure for all.
I invite you to join me on June 3rd!