National Honorary Chair
Jeremy Rutman, 2017 Gutsy Walk National Honorary Chair
You probably wouldn’t think I was sick just by looking at me. Not many people do. But I’ve seen more doctors’ offices and emergency rooms than most other 21-year-olds. That’s because for the last 15 years I’ve been living with Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease has a habit of throwing something new at you every day. Some days it’s excruciating abdominal pain. Some days it’s energy-draining fatigue. Some days it’s the need to use the washroom over 20 times. Yet some days I’m just fine – and that’s all some people see.
That’s the nature of Crohn’s and colitis, and the unpredictability of these diseases means people like me have two options: let the fear overwhelm you, OR . . . face it head on, grow as an individual, and become a change-maker. I’ve chosen the latter.
And it’s not just me. My friends and family are change-makers too, and that’s why we’re all participating in the Gutsy Walk. We walk to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We walk to ensure children and adults living with these diseases can live their lives to the fullest.
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, walk with me and help bring visibility to these unseen diseases. Together, we can stop the pain, the surgeries, the missed moments. We can make it stop. For life.