Gutsy Walk takes steps to end Crohn's and colitis

By Jill Sperling
June 5, 2016 - 1:52pm Updated: June 6, 2016 - 5:43pm

KAMLOOPS — The 21st Annual Crohn's and Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk was held in Kamloops today, June 5. 

Local honorary chair, Kevin Bailey, has been living with Crohn's for 13 years. 

He said life with Crohn's has been a challenge and it's always been a mission of his to help find a cure. 

Bailey said the Gutsy Walk is a step in that direction. 

"The more money that we raise, the better for research, more treatments, less hospital stays, more awareness," Bailey said.

"It all means a lot to me as a young adult, 23, finding others around the world (and getting) the knowledge out there means so much to me."

Crohn's is a form of Inflamatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which typically affects the lower part of the small bowel and the colon. 

Colitis, another form of IBD, affects portions of the large intestine. 

Bailey said this year's Gutsy Walk was his first chance to attend, as he has often been in hospital during the event. 

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