“It’s to … get better treatments, better support services for people with Crohn’s and colitis and to ultimately raise money for a cure,” said Nathalie Begin, chair of Windor’s Gutsy Walk.
Now in its 26th year, Begin said inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders including Crohn’s and colitis. People with bowel disease often find it isolating, Begin said, so the walk doesn’t just raise money — it brings the community together.
“I’ve had Crohn’s disease for 14 years,” Begin said. “It’s very important for our community, especially for people with Crohn’s and colitis, to see other people, meet other people who have the same disease, to have that solidarity and to be able to talk to other people who may be going through similar experiences.”
This year’s walk was the first held in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. With about 120 participants and roughly $20,000 raised, Begin said organizers consider it a success. The Windsor walk is hosted by the local chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.