Gutsy Walk 2019 - Gutsy Walk 2019

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Date:
Registration: 9:00 AM
Warm Up: 11:20 AM
Start: 11:30 AM
Walk Distance: 4K
Dogs on leash permitted

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_QC@crohnsandcolitis.ca
1-800-461-4683

LOCAL HONORARY CHAIRS
Ava and Florent, 2019 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chairs

Ava



Hi my name is Ava. I am in Grade 6 and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was in grade 3. At that time I was extremely underweight, and just the thought of eating made me sick to my stomach. When the Doctor diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease I was scared....it was a disease with no cure! After being diagnosed I was put on a strict liquid diet for three months. I was not allowed to eat a single bite of food. I'm happy to say that I didn't go through that for nothing because the drink really helped my body heal and I gained back all the weight I had lost, but it wasn't easy. After that I took a biologic medication which worked well for over a year but just recently I had a severe reaction, and couldn't breathe. It was really scary for me and my family. I have now started a new medication and so far so good. The medicine lets me eat, grow and feel great.

Every year I am excited for the Gutsy Walk. My family has always been strong for me, and the Gutsy Walk reminds me that many people are in the same situation. I think I am a strong person and I never want to hear that people "feel bad for me" but I do want people to better understand this disease. I wear my Gutsy Walk shirt proudly, and am excited to be a spokesperson for the Gutsy Walk this year.

Thanks
Ava :)

Florent



My name is Florent and I am 10 years old. I am in 5th grade. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when I was 8 years old. The first year was not easy. There were a lot of medical appointments, a restrictive diet which was difficult for me, several scary medical tests and "millions" of blood tests. We tried a lot of different drugs that were not effective, until we found the RIGHT one for me.

I am now doing much better, but the battle has not yet been won. I have gained back a lot of weight, I have as much energy as all my friends and I am growing up very quickly. My parents find that I'm costing them a lot to buy clothes because I keep outgrowing them. I want to get involved in this cause and help raise money for research of Crohn’s and colitis because I want to spread awareness about these incurable diseases that affect nearly 250,000 Canadians and which more and more affect young children.

I invite you to join me and my family on June 2, 2019 at the Gutsy Walk to help raise funds for research and patient programs.