Have the ‘guts’ to walk on June 3?

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NEW GLASGOW — Local organizers are preparing to host their 2018 Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada on June 3 in New Glasgow.

The 19th annual walk will start and finish at Carmichael Park. Registration at 1 p.m. will precede the walk at 1:30 p.m.

The walk is taking place in more than 60 locations across Canada. It has raised $88 million since the first walk in 1996.

Friends of Crohn’s Society member Henry Walsh, who has had Crohn’s disease for 15 years, is a long-time supporter of the event.

The local group hosted a prize bingo, which this year raised $1,900 on Monday at the West River Fire Hall.

Mike Hollis, who co-ordinates the events, noted that Nova Scotia had one of the largest numbers in Canada for Crohn’s and colitis, while Canada has among the highest reported rates of the diseases in the world. His son Philip has Crohn’s Disease.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis cause inflammation and ulceration in the gastrointestinal tract. According to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, one in 150 Canadians is living with either disease, while the incidence of Crohn’s disease in Canadian children under 10 has doubled since 1995.

Families new to Canada are developing Crohn’s and colitis for the first time — often within the first generation of their arrival.

From left: Kaylee Hollis, her grandfather and Gutsy Walk co-ordinator Mike Hollis, Friend of Crohn’s Society member Henry Walsh and Kaylee’s father Philip Hollis hold the Crohn’s Gutsy Walk banner for the event scheduled for June 3 with the start and finish at Carmichael Park in New Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)