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The Momentum Keeps Building


Crohn’s disease took 12-year-old Alexia and her family completely by surprise. With no family history, Crohn’s was the last thing anyone suspected when Alexia began losing her appetite, spiking a fever, and suffering gut pains and fatigue in 2013. Three trips to the hospital and a series of blood tests confirmed the diagnosis, and Alexia was immediately taken to hospital.


The disease came on fast, but Alexia’s family came back faster by hosting a Gutsy Walk fundraiser at their restaurant west of Montreal, raising a total $30,690. Alexia herself raised an additional $3,000 in Gutsy Walk pledges.


This past June 8, in 59 communities across Canada, over 16,000 people walked together to make Crohn’s and colitis stop. Together, the Gutsy Walk raised an all-time record high of $3.2 million for research and programs to help the 233,000 Canadians living with these diseases. Gutsy Walk has shown amazing growth since the first event in 1996 in 24


Canadian cities and towns. The event has raised $26 million over the past 18 years, thanks to the teamwork and support of thousands of committed volunteers, pledge-earners and sponsors.





Crohn’s disease has changed my life, but thanks to donations and research there are medications that will help me be a regular kid.


– Alexia ”


Gutsy Walk 16,255


Gutsy Walkers 59 Gutsy Walk sites 1,319 Number of Gutsy Walk teams


Dollars raised by Gutsy Walk Top Pledge Earner, David Hill


$38,000 $100,000


Dollars raised by Gutsy Walk top team, Team Sinai Family and Friends


21 | ANNUAL REPORT 2014


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