Monday, June 11, 2012
Gutsy Walk is the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s (CCFC’s) most energetic and fun fundraising event. On June 10, 2012, thousands of Canadians at almost 80 locations across the country will walk together to raise money to find a cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is made up of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
CCFC-funded IBD research has confirmed what we have suspected for years – Canada has one of the highest rates for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the world and those rates are increasing. In fact, one in 160 Canadians is living with IBD. The Gutsy Walk is a great way to spread awareness of IBD and raise much-needed funds to support essential research.
Gutsy Walk started as the Heel 'n' Wheel-a-Thon in 1996 in 24 communities and has grown to nearly 80 communities throughout Canada. The success of the event is completely due to our amazing volunteers and dedicated participants..
Over the last 16 years, Gutsy Walk has grown from raising $280,000 per year to more than $2 million per year for research. Due to your pledge-earning efforts, there are more IBD researchers hard at work in Canada, and therefore CCFC receives more excellent research proposals every year. For that reason, and because we know first-hand the toll IBD takes on people, we are aiming higher this year with the goal to raise $3.3 million.