Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

May 31, 2012 16:00 ET

Gutsy Walkers Take to the Streets, Motivated to Find a Cure for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - On June 10, 2012, thousands of Canadians will take to the streets to show their guts in the face of a chronic disease that directly affects more than 200,000 Canadians and touches an additional 800,000.

On that day, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) will hold its 17th annual Gutsy Walk (formerly known as Heel 'n' Wheel-a-Thon); a coast-to-coast fundraising event. Participants raise funds by collecting pledges from their families, friends and co-workers to fund research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The Gutsy Walk takes place on Sunday, June 10, 2012 in about 80 Canadian communities, and is organized by local CCFC volunteers across Canada.

"Gutsy Walk is a fun event for our community, but it also serves a serious and much-needed purpose," says Dr. Kevin Glasgow, CEO of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

"One in 160 Canadians lives with IBD, and we know that number is growing. By pledging your support for a participant or participating yourself, you are helping your neighbour by investing in research into better treatments, and ultimately, the cures for Crohn's and colitis."

Inflammatory bowel disease is comprised of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis: two similar, yet distinct, conditions which cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. Both Crohn's and colitis can flare up at unpredictable times, and flare-up can last from days to months at a time.

During a flare-up, patients suffer from symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue, frequent and urgent diarrhea and bloody stools. Additional symptoms include nausea, bloating, anaemia, joint pain, canker sores in the mouth, skin and eye irritations and weight loss.

Some additional facts about IBD:

  • More than 200,000 Canadians - an estimated one in 160 - live with IBD.
  • The incidence rate is growing, and in particular, more children are being diagnosed with IBD.
  • It is more common than multiple sclerosis or HIV infection and about as common as epilepsy.
  • Canada has among the highest rates of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the world.
  • There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain, chronic suffering and isolation IBD patients courageously cope with every day of their lives.
  • The cost to Canada's economy is conservatively estimated at more than $1.8 billion per year.

Additional information about the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada:

  • The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada is a volunteer-based registered charity dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • The Foundation is committed to educating IBD patients, their families, health professionals and the general public about the diseases.
  • Since its founding, CCFC has invested more than $71 million in IBD research, making the foundation a world leader in non-governmental funding of IBD research.
  • Canadian researchers funded by CCFC are conducting cutting edge research and are sustaining the hope for a cure worldwide.
  • The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada believes that a cure will be found for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

For more information about Gutsy Walk please visit, and for more information about CCFC or inflammatory bowel disease, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Jacqueline Waldorf
    Manager, Marketing and Communications
    1-800-387-1479 or 416-920-5035 ext. 241