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Thank you for making the 2024 Gutsy Walk a success!

Since 1996, Canadians impacted by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have walked to raise funds for new treatments, programs, and, eventually, cures. The funds raised at this year’s Gutsy Walk will move us that much closer to fulfilling our promise of one day curing Crohn’s and colitis and improving the lives of those affected.


There is still time to give or earn exciting rewards as fundraising closes on June 30!

 

We walk to stop Crohn’s and colitis.

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National Honourary Chairs

Kyle and Nathaniel Brown
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Like most people, getting diagnosed (at 15) caught Kyle by surprise. His weight plummeted, and it took doctors over a year to finally confirm his Crohn’s disease. After numerous surgeries over the past 26 years he’s been living with Crohn’s, Kyle is now living with an ileostomy and loving life. He gets to spend time with his kids and keep up with his hobbies.
 
Kyle is thankful for the great amount of support he gets from his son Nathaniel, who started raising money for Gutsy Walk by selling cookies and lemonade and has since received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medal in Manitoba for his work in fundraising.
 
Kyle and Nathaniel have been long-time Gutsy Walk supporters, and their team Farter Knows Best, is ready for an awesome 2023 year!

Vanessa Percoco
Montreal, Quebec

Life with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is often non-linear. Ups and downs are frequent, and uncertainty is persistent. Like Kyle, Vanessa was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 15 and has had an upward battle ever since. What started as cramping and diarrhea has since grown into a diagnosis of Crohn’s-related colon cancer on top of Crohn’s itself.

Throughout it all, Vanessa has been passionate about being an advocate and raising awareness for all of those impacted by IBD. In her words: “I felt like I really needed to take my place and to help other people like me.”

Percoco Team will once again be back for this year’s Gutsy Walk—and Vanessa will be there to lead them into once again making a huge impact for our cause!

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