Gutsy Walk Cracks $50M in Donations

Gutsy Walk participants with a sign.

Annual fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada brings in $2.2M this year, with donations still accepted until July 11

TORONTO, Ont. — The largest fundraiser for research and awareness for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada has raised more than $50 million since its inception 27 years ago.

Returning as an in-person event after a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, the 2022 Gutsy Walk has collected more than $2.2 million so far, and the fundraising window remains open until July 11th to reach this year’s $2.9-million campaign goal.

“It was a momentous occasion to see people out once again coming together as one to support those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The creativity and passion of volunteers, participants and teams was inspiring,” says Lori Radke, President & CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. “Across the country, a strong statement was sent that we are committed to finding a cure for this life-long disease. We thank our incredible community for supporting this cause, and we thank our network of volunteers who worked hard to bring the event to life.”

More than 3,500 people attended one of the 53 in-person Gutsy Walk events held at locations across Canada on June 5th. An additional 17 events were staged virtually.

The family-friendly Gutsy Walk is the largest fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, rallying people together in support of the 300,000 Canadians living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Since its inception in 1996, Gutsy Walk has now raised more than $50 million for support programs and innovative research into cures.

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Together as one we walk to stop Crohn’s and colitis.


Staged annually by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, the Gutsy Walk is Canada’s largest fundraiser for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research. The Gutsy Walk is a fun-filled, family-friendly and non-competitive day to walk in support of those impacted by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. People typically walk five kilometers, but any distance and any activity done in your community is just as important! Participants can walk any distance they’re comfortable with. Since 1996, Canadians from coast to coast have stepped out – rain or shine – in support of our cause. The Gutsy Walk has raised more than $50 million for research and programs, all thanks to participants, donors and sponsors who are driven to make a difference.

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Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases. We are one of the top two health charity funders of Crohn’s and colitis research in the world, investing more than $140 million in research since 1974, leading to important breakthroughs in genetics, gut microbes, inflammation and cell repair, as well as laying the groundwork for new and better treatments. We are transforming the lives of people affected by Crohn’s and colitis (the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease) through research, patient programs, advocacy, and awareness.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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