Across Canada, the Gutsy Walk will be held virtually on August 23, 2020, to raise awareness and encourage local participation
Thunder Bay – A renewed chapter in Thunder Bay is joining chapters, Canada-wide, to support programs, research, and education for Crohn’s and Colitis.
In Canada, one in 140 persons is affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), one of the highest incidences world-wide. Cases in children under 10 years have nearly doubled since 1995, and among seniors is growing rapidly. Crohn’s and colitis are diseases that have no known cure.
The Chapter in Thunder Bay is in its infancy and President, Hafsa Siddiqui means to encourage more to get involved. “Since IBD rates are continuing to rise, we believe it is critically important to support research and education of these diseases,” says Hafsa. “A local group will also allow for dialogue about advances in research and treatment, as well as offer support to those affected.”
The annual fundraiser, “Gutsy Walk”, is being held in over 60 locations across Canada including Thunder Bay and Dryden. This year marks 25 years of walks for the national organization. “We had hoped to relaunch the Thunder Bay chapter with an in-person walk this year, but due to COVID-19 we had to move it online and refocus our Chapter building efforts” continues Hafsa.
Organizers ask that people visit the national website crohnsandcolitis.ca and join the local Facebook page facebook.com/getgutsythunderbay to learn more about Crohn’s and Colitis research, education and events. Those interested in participating can also volunteer online.
Donations are always welcome. If interested in participating in the Gutsy Walk, please contact Hafsa Siddiqui at 807 708-5438.