By David Klassen
More than 20,000 Canadians will walk collectively today to stop Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s Gutsy Walk is honouring Winnipeg couple Samantha Doman and Braun Lywak, who both found out they suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on their first date in December 2016.
Braun has ulcerative colitis and Sam has Crohn’s disease.
“While their journeys with this disease have been very different, they lean on each other for support and keep each other grounded when times get tough,” said a statement from Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
Today’s 5K walk is one of 60 taking place across the country and will begin at 11:30 a.m. from Canadian Mennonite University.
Currently, 250,000 Canadians, including 9,190 Manitobans, are living with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
To learn more and to make a donation, visit GutsyWalk.ca.