REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM
WARM UP: TBD
START: 10:15 AM
WALK 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
Pierre Robichaud, 2018 Gutsy Walk Local Honorary Chair
Hey Gutsy Walkers!
My name is Pierre Robichaud. I am thrilled to be your 2018 Belleville Gutsy Walk Honorary Chair.
I am a dad, a husband, a friend, a doctor and I am well acquainted with Crohn’s disease. I have had Crohn’s disease now for almost 10 years. My mother, also has had innumerable battles with Crohn’s disease, balancing multiple surgeries and immune suppressing medications with being a mother, grandmother, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada volunteer and advocate for so many inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients – her latest feat has been to spearhead this very event!
Throughout my career as a physician, I have worked in emergency departments, inpatient units, pediatric hospitals, intensive care units and nursing homes. I can say unequivocally that IBD does not fear any of those places. It follows patients throughout their lives. It can cause an excruciating bowel obstruction on Christmas day, a flare up right before a well planned retirement trip or it can try and steal the energy, enthusiasm and optimism from a young teenager.
Despite their uncooperative intestines, people with IBD live incredible lives. They are leaders in their communities, they live life to the fullest and make the world a better place. You might say that every day they wake up and smell the roses…although sometimes they may smell less pleasant things.
Despite the courage that IBD patients show every day, life can be hard. There is no cure (yet). Medications are not perfect. Patients can get very sick: bloody diarrhea, severe cramps, bowel obstructions, achy joints, painful eyes, severe skin problems. For some people, this can be life. Everyday situations such as going out with friends can be complicated by questions like: “Will there be a bathroom close by?”
These are the reasons why on June 3, 2018 so many will support the Gutsy Walk to try and make life better for those who have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. We support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada because they work tirelessly to find a cure, leading the way in research initiatives, as well as patient-centered programs such as Camp Got2Go, Abbvie IBD scholarship opportunities and innovative programs like the GoHere washroom access program – it’s like VIP access to any bathroom nearby.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for their dedication and I want to thank everyone who supports the Gutsy Walk – you are truly helping so many lives and guts!