Registration: 10:00 AMWarm Up: 11:15 AMStart: 11:30 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:
800-387-1479 ext. 274
LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR
Avery, 2019 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair
My name is Avery. I am 15 years old and a grade 10 honors student at Espanola High School. I am extremely grateful to have been chosen as this year’s local honorary chair for the Gutsy Walk.
After over a year of suffering and experiencing many symptoms, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 12. My pediatrician ran many test and tried different treatment options while looking for a diagnosis before referring me to my Gastroenterologist Dr. Walters at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Upon my initial visit to Sick Kids, I had more in-depth testing done before doctors confirmed that I had Crohn’s. By this time, my small bowel was so badly inflamed that I was unable to absorb any of the much needed nutrients in the food that I was eating. I had not gained any weight in over a year and I was only 60lbs. Dr. Walters began treatment immediately and I was placed on a feeding tube for several months. I was not able to eat any form of solid food and received nourishment exclusively through my feed tube in the form of a feeding supplement formula. I learned very quickly how to insert and remove the feeding tube myself as it became a part of my daily routine for the next several months. During this time, my bowels received a much needed rest and I began to gain weight again. I gained 10lbs in just 2 months! Slowly, I was able to gradually reintroduce solid foods back into my diet. Dr. Walters then prescribed a medication to keep my symptoms under control but unfortunately, it was not working. He then prescribed a biologic drug given through IV therapy. I have been on this medication now for almost 2 ½ years and it is working very well for me, keeping my symptoms under control. Since my treatment began, I have doubled my weight and am living a healthy active lifestyle.
I receive my infusions every 6 weeks at a clinic here in Sudbury. My nurse Heather always goes above and beyond to ensure that each visit is pleasant. I am extremely thankful that this type of treatment is available in Northern Ontario and that patients like me are able to access it. I am also very grateful to my pediatrician Dr. Kumar at NEO Kids here in Sudbury and the Sick Kids team in Toronto for the wonderful care and that I always receive.
Living with Crohn’s has given me a whole new outlook on life. It has taught me to be a stronger person and to be resilient when times get tough. Today, I am a happy healthy teenager who makes the most of out of life. I participate very actively on many sports teams at school; I am an avid volunteer and enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends and family.
This will mark my third year participating in the Gutsy Walk with my amazing team of friends and family known as Avery’s Angels. Each member of my team has offered me great support since having been diagnosed. The Gutsy Walk is extremely important to me as it raises funds to help find a cure and awareness for those living with either Crohn’s or colitis.
Please join me and my team on Sunday June 2nd by taking part in this amazing event and walking together for this great cause. I truly believe that with each step that we all take; together, we are one step closer to finding a cure!