Registration: 9:30 AMWarm Up: TBDStart: 10:00 AMWalk Distance: TBD
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
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NATIONAL HONORARY CHAIR
Matthew O'Halloran, 2018 Gutsy Walk National Honorary Chair
My name is Matthew O’Halloran, and I’m pleased to participate in Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s signature fundraising event as the 2018 Gutsy Walk National Honorary Chair.
I’m 14 years old and I live an active life. On most days, you might not guess that I’ve been dealing with Crohn’s disease, when in fact, I have been since I was 2 and a half years old. Just like an increasing number of young people, I’ve never known a time when I’ve been without the awful symptoms that so many of us experience daily.
But, even though Crohn’s disease has been a big part of my life, I refuse to be defined by it. I see myself as a student, musician, athlete, photographer, and someone on his way to being a doctor, engineer, or scientist, who just happens to be affected by a disease for which there is, as yet, no cure.
I’ve learned to live with the expected and unexpected problems that these illnesses throw at us. But I’m not discouraged. Instead, I’m convinced that research happening today and in the future will soon lead to a cure for IBD.
I’ve come to realize that my journey has not been made alone. It’s only with the support of my family and friends, the healthcare professionals in my life, and the volunteers and staff of CCC, that I’ve been able to overcome the challenges of living with this disease and to have happiness and success in my life.
That’s why, on Sunday, June 3, 2018, I’ll be walking with friends, family, and, I hope, you too, to raise awareness of Crohn’s and colitis and much-needed funds for research and patient programs.