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“It’s about… getting better treatments, better support services for people with Crohn’s disease and colitis, and ultimately raising money for treatment,” Nathalie said. Begin, president of Windor’s Gutsy Walk.
Now in his 26th year, Begin said inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that includes Crohn’s disease 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 is very important for our community, especially for people with Crohn’s disease and colitis, to see other people, to meet other people with the same disease, to have this solidarity and to be able to talk to others who may be going through similar experiences. .”
This year’s march was the first held in person since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With around 120 attendees and about $20,000 raised, Begin said organizers consider it a success. The Windsor walk is organized by the local chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
“For a long time it was very taboo to talk about this stuff,” Begin said. “We try to involve people, not only in this event, but throughout the year. »