The Gutsy Walk in Nanaimo is marking 10 years of support for those who suffer from Crohn’s and colitis.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Nanaimo chapter is holding its annual fundraiser walk on Sunday, June 2, at Maffeo Sutton Park.
Alliya Lawrence, Nanaimo chapter president, said the statistics show that the number of people living with Crohn’s and colitis is increasing.
“It’s still a very important cause,” she said. “There are theories that it’s genetic; there are theories that it’s environmental. There’s different theories out there, but research is ongoing.”
An event press release notes that there are 270,000 Canadians living with inflammatory bowel disease and the Gutsy Walk is an opportunity to show those suffering from Crohn’s and colitis that they are not alone.
Registration is free, but people are encouraged to donate to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and money raised goes to patient support programs, outreach and research, Lawrence said.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the walk, which is dog-friendly, starts at 10:45 a.m. There will be an information table, prizes, refreshments and more at the park.