The Annual Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s Gutsy Walk took place last weekend and raised a record amount of donations. About 200 participants raised more than $24,000 for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research. Last year about 100 participants raised just over $14,000. The walk in Abbotsford was the 3rd highest total in the Province and the top fundraiser was Steve Gill raising more than $3200. Shelby Friesen, Honourary Chair featured below, raised more than $2300 and is championing awareness of the disease in schools and in the media by telling her story about the disease and it’s effect on her life.
You can still donate to this great cause that is having a positive effect on the lives of people suffering with IBD. This disease effects as many as 1 in 8 Canadians, but few people talk about it. A cure is possible and we need your help to find one. Donate by clicking here: http://www.gutsywalk.ca
My name is Shelby Friesen and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 11. I have tried many medications over the course of five years and have finally settled on Remicade infusion and oral imuran. It has worked unbelievably well for me and I owe everything to the people who support CCFC research and all those with Crohn’s/colitis. In the future I want to attend university and major in health and human sciences. I do worry that one day my treatment will stop working, so I have to hope that a cure will be found.