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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:
1-844-664-4420LOCAL HONORARY CHAIR
Rynae, 2018 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair
In 2015 I was nineteen and in my second year at the University of Regina when my life got turned upside down. I started getting sick, rapidly losing weight and was in a lot of pain. Malnourished and constantly in pain, I was spending more time in the bathroom or curled up in a ball than I did at work or in class. My digestive system had gone AWOL and my joint function went with them. Walking was painful, my hair started falling out and all I did was sleep. I had to give up my job, and I barely made it through that semester of university.
I eventually ended up in emergency and after X-rays was quickly referred to a gastroenterologist. Within three days of seeing a specialist I was booked for an endoscopy, and afterward diagnosed with Crohn's disease in my small intestine. With the help of the medications, I have been in remission since May of 2016. I still suffer from flares occasionally and the medications come with side effects but I have been able to go back to a relatively normal life. I am healthy now, was able to keep up with my schooling and am now only a few classes away from having two university degrees. Living with Crohn's disease has been a challenge and will continue to be for the rest of my life. But it is a challenge that I do not face alone as I have had support from my friends, family, and programs like Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Gutsy Walk.
For the last two years, I have participated in the Gutsy Walk as a team captain. It has allowed me to meet all kinds of people who have similar stories and made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my suffering. It was an opportunity to get my friends and family together and show support for an event that means a lot to me. I chose to volunteer and participate in the Gutsy Walk for myself and for every other person who has had to suffer due to this disease. I do it to raise awareness, raise money for a cure and to prove that even with a chronic illness I am still able to participate.
I would like to invite you all to join me in Regina for the 2018 Gutsy Walk to help raise awareness and funds for patient care, future treatments, and a cure.