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Gutsy Walk goes in Medicine Hat and Swift Current June 5

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Gutsy Walk is a national fundraiser for the fight against the debilitating disease of Crohn's and Colitis which effects an estimated 1 in 150 Canadians. This will be the 21st year the event has been held nationally. Medicine Hat and Swift Current are no different with June 5 walks in each community.

The money raised will go towards Crohn's and Colitis 'Make it stop. For Life.' fundraising campaign where the goal for Crohn's and Colitis Canada is "$100 million by 2020 to invest in transformational research, patient programs and advocacy so that every child and adult can live with less pain, less shame, and fewer hospital visits."
It is a difficult disease to live with as it makes life extremely uncomfortable, unpredictable and confining as sufferers needed to constantly be near washrooms and 
According to Crohn's and Colitis Canada Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and disrupt the body’s ability to digest food, absorb nutrition and eliminate waste in a healthy manner. As a result, the symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea (possibly bloody) and loss of appetite. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions. The two main forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. People have one disease or the other but not both. IBD also includes indeterminate colitis."
Their website states that with Crohn’s Disease "inflammation can occur anywhere in the GI tract but is usually present in the lower part of the small bowel and the colon. Patches of inflammation occur between healthy portions of the gut, and can penetrate the intestinal layers from inner to outer lining.
Ulcerative Colitis only affects portions of the large intestine, including the rectum and anus and typically only inflames the innermost lining of bowel tissue. It almost always starts at the rectum, extending upwards in a continuous manner through the colon. Ulcerative colitis can be controlled with medication and, in severe cases, can even “be cured” by surgically removing the entire large intestine."
The following symptoms may be signs of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis includes abdominal pain; cramping; diarrhea (bloody stools with colitis); nausea and vomiting, diminished appetite and weight loss, fever, anemia and fatigue.
The Gutsy Walk will takes place, no matter the weather except in cases where there's severe weather conditions such as lightning.
The Sunday June 5 event in Medicine Hat kicks off Kinnette Kitchen in Kin Coulee Park on Kin Coulee Rd S.E., . Registration goes at 11 a.m with a 11:30 a.m. start. There is also a lunch afterwards at the Kinette Kitchen. For more information, please contact us: 1-888-884-2232 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
In Swift Current it goes along Riverside Park along with Picnic in the Park June 5. Registration in Swift Current is at noon, warm up at 1:45 p.m. and the start will take place at 2 p.m. The walk distance is 5 km. There will be a barbecue lunch and entertainment for all ages. Call 1-844-664-4420.
If a participant raise $100 or more and they will receive a Gutsy Walk T-shirt and if you raise $1000 or more and achieve Top Pledge Earner Club status. Learn more about the Club and the exclusive benefits at

For more information on the diseases or you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, please see

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