First Gutsy Walk in the Valley goes over well

Published on June 8, 2017

These participants in the first Gutsy Walk in the Valley were heading along Wolfville Ridge on June 4.

©Wendy Elliott

WOLFVILLE NS – “The walk went so well,” said Victoria Grant. “We had about 22 people show up with lots of enthusiasm.”

Two young women in Wolfville organized the first and only Gutsy Walk in the Valley, which took place on June 4.
A small business owner in Wolfville, Grant said the local walk raised $1,825 and “we are still taking online donations until July 4, which is great.”
Grant noted, “the overall total all over Canada was $3.2 million for the Gutsy Walk. We can't wait to see how many people come next year and how much we raise.”
It was after Grant met Acadia University Haley Humphries at her spa business and learned they share medical issues related to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis that the two became friends and decided to add Wolfville to the list of communities in Nova Scotia holding walks.
According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Chapter in Halifax, over five million people in the world are dealing with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the diseases most commonly referred to as IBD.
Canada has some of the highest incidence rates of IBD in the world, with 250,000 people or 1 in 150 having Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.