After two-years of virtual participation, the 27th annual walk will once again be in-person, with a $50-million-raised target in sight
TORONTO, Ont. — On June 5th, Canadians from coast to coast will walk to stop Crohn’s and colitis at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s 27th annual Gutsy Walk.
The family-friendly event is the largest research fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and the largest community event that rallies Canadians together in support of the 300,000 Canadians living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Since its inception in 1996, Gutsy Walk has raised more than $48 million for support programs and innovative research into cures.
With a goal to raise $2.9 million this year, the Gutsy Walk is set to crack the $50-million mark with the support of participants, donors, volunteers, sponsors and communities across Canada.
“Gutsy Walk is an amazing event that celebrates our strength to fight an invisible disease every day,” says Mya Bourget, a Montreal resident and National Honorary Co-Chair of Gutsy Walk. “Not only is this a vital fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, it is also a morale booster for everybody who is living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. We understand each other. We are not alone. We are a family, and we are fighting this together.”
For both Mya and her Co-Chair Claire Moore from Ayton, Ont., this is their first in-person Gutsy Walk after participating virtually the past two years.
“Every penny matters because every penny is a step closer to finding a cure for this lifelong disease that is not easy to live with,” says Claire. “And it is a great event. I love having people around who I can relate to and share our stories and experiences.”
Not registered for this year’s Gutsy Walk yet? Sign up today and join Claire and Mya as they walk to make a difference!
Together as one we walk to stop Crohn’s and colitis.
ABOUT GUTSY WALK
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, but any distance and any activity done in your community on the day of 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 $48 million for research and programs, all thanks to participants, donors, volunteers and sponsors who are driven to make a difference.
Stay tuned for updates for this year’s Gutsy Walk! You can be in the loop by keeping tabs on our social channels, @getgutsycanada and @gutsywalk, as well as at gutsywalk.ca. And if you’re not on our email list yet, you can sign up here to get your Gutsy Walk updates fresh to your inbox!
ABOUT CROHN’S AND COLITIS CANADA
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.
For more information on Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, visit crohnsandcolitis.ca.
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