Gutsy Walk returns

After a one-year hiatus, a yearly Prince Albert fundraiser is making a return.

The annual Gutsy Walk, put on by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, was last held in 2015, but was cancelled the next year due to a lack of volunteers.

The 2015 event raised more than $12,000 for research and programing, and the organization is hoping to draw on that support again in 2017.

“This year we had some volunteers who were willing to put themselves out there and make it work, so we are giving it another try,” said Carol-Lynne Quintin, the organization’s Saskatchewan Development Coordinator.

Canada has one of the highest rates of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in the world. Roughly 1 in 50 Canadians are living with the diseases, including a large number of first and second-generation immigrants who have no previous history of illness.

An estimated 8,000 Saskatchewan residents live with the diseases, which can affect a variety of internal organs, particularly the large intestine.

“We know there are a lot living (with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) in Prince Albert and the north,” Quintin said. “We don’t want to not have a walk representing that portion of the province.”

For the rest of this story, please see the June 3 online or print edition of the Daily Herald