The Target is Within Sight

Gutsy Walk participants begin their walk.

Less than a month to reach $2.9-million fundraising goal

TORONTO, Ont. — Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is inching closer to its 2022 fundraising goal.

With the organization’s largest and most high profile event now in the rear view mirror — the annual Gutsy Walk events held June 5th across the country brought the year’s fundraising up to $2.2 million — while the campaign continues to get closer to the $2.9-million target.
The fundraising deadline is July 11th.

“Life with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can be lonely, debilitating and unpredictable,” says Lori Radke, President & CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. “This annual campaign makes a lasting impact. It’s a time when we bring communities together across Canada to build awareness while raising critical funds towards the next big breakthrough in inflammatory bowel disease research while also offering vital support programs to people affected by IBD. We are very grateful for the incredible support received from volunteers, participants, donors and sponsors.”

Canada has one of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the world, with an estimated 300,000 living with IBD — and someone new is diagnosed every hour. Over the past 15 years, the prevalence of IBD in children has soared by 50 per cent.

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To help raise awareness and funds, Alberta’s Bob Finnegan — who has been living with Crohn’s disease for around 15 years — is cycling across Canada with his niece Karley Finnegan. Dubbed The Redemption Tour 2022: Rollin’ for IBD, the tour departed Victoria, B.C., on April 25th and is slated to conclude August 26th in St. John’s, N.L.

Since its inception in 1996, the Gutsy Walk has raised more than $50 million, supporting research dedicated to discovering the causes and triggers of the diseases, enhancing or identifying new treatments, supporting symptom management and discovering new ways to provide the very best care.

This year, more than 3,500 people participated in 53 in-person walk events across the country, with another 17 events held virtually.

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 and programs. 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 km, 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 $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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