Gutsy Walk will be hosted Sun­day

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Walk­ers have a chance to lace up their sneakers on Sun­day and help make a dif­fer­ence for peo­ple with Crohn’s and Coli­tis.

Swift Cur­rent’s an­nual Gutsy Walk fundraiser in sup­port of Crohn’s and Coli­tis Canada will be hosted on June 3 in con­junc­tion with In­no­va­tion Credit Union’s Pic­nic In The Park.

Nathan and April Stang are co-chair­ing the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for Sun­day’s walk, and they are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come out and lend sup­port to the cause.

“This year we’re re­ally push­ing peo­ple just to come out, walk with us, take part in the event re­gard­less of how much fundrais­ing they’ve been able to do. We’re just try­ing to keep num­bers up and at the end of the day we’re re­ally striv­ing just to have peo­ple sup­port the cause by show­ing up and join­ing us on Sun­day,” ex­plained Nathan Stang.

Early reg­is­tra­tion is go­ing well in ad­vance of the fam­ily-frindly, five kilo­me­tre fundrais­ing walk, but lots of peo­ple are ex­pected to regis­ter on walk day.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to come out. We are gear­ing up this year even a lit­tle more fo­cussed to the fam­ily side of it.”

The Stang’s have been on a fam­ily jour­ney with Crohn’s Disease, as their five-year-old daugh­ter di­ag­nosed with the disease.

“It is a chronic disease, but it ef­fects every­body dif­fer­ently, and the de­grees of se­ri­ous­ness varies from per­son to per­son. But over­all, it can be detri­men­tal to how their life is lived,” he pointed out.

“At the end of the day, for us the main goal is a cure. But the re­al­ity to­day is we’re just look­ing to make sure that those med­i­ca­tions are get­ting ad­vanced, and they’re health­ier for peo­ple, and it just im­proves the way of life for every­body that un­for­tu­nately has to deal with it.”

The event be­gins with reg­is­tra­tion at noon and the walk gets un­der­way at 2 p.m.

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