Dear Family and Friends,
The photo that hangs in our living room is full of smiles. But the image of happiness masks all that our family has had to endure. Stephen, our middle son, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2005. When he was diagnosed with Crohn’s, doctors told us he had hundreds of bleeding ulcers throughout his digestive tract. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing. We were all scared and our minds were racing. How did he get this disease? Would he ever feel like his old self again? What would the future bring?” Stephen, now 33, has lived through the debilitating symptoms – abdominal pain, exhaustion, bloody diarrhea, seemingly endless trips to the washroom – for years. Symptoms even appeared on his honeymoon.
For our family, inflammatory bowel disease would become more familiar still. In 2012, our eldest son, Greg, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis – another form of IBD. Then in 2014, our youngest, Graham, would be diagnosed with Crohn’s.
We walk to find a cure for these devastating diseases. We’ve seen what it has done to our family, and we want to ensure that Crohn’s and colitis doesn't harm another family or our next generation.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada funds some of the most innovative research in the world, like the Genetic, Environmental, Microbial (GEM) Project. Through GEM and other research, we are getting closer to understanding the causes of these diseases. We are optimistic that a breakthrough will be made in our lifetime.
Please join the Thompson family in supporting this great cause by making a donation to the Thompson family Gutsy Walk team. We also encourage you to set up your own team and walk with us on June 3. There will be thousands of people walking across Canada as charge forward to fund the research that will find the cures.
Thank you for your support,
The Thompson family
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