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Fort Macleod man chair of 2020 Gutsy Walk

Jordan Harris of Fort Macleod is honourary chair of the 2020 Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis.

Jordan Harris is the honourary chair for the 2020 Lethbridge Virtual Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25th annual Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis will be held virtually on Sunday, Aug. 23 at more than 60 locations across Canada.

“It’s an event that’s near and dear to my heart, and it wouldn’t be a huge success each year without all the amazing people who volunteer their time and energy,” Harris said in a news release.

Harris was a healthy teen until in 2011 he developed symptoms such as abdominal pain, aching joints, extreme fatigue and itchy inflamed eyes.

He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2012.

“While it was a complete shock to have my life turned upside down at the age of 22, it’s a journey that I wouldn’t trade for any other,” Harris said.

Named for the doctor who first described the disease in 1932, Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

People with Crohn’s disease experience loss of appetite, weight loss, low energy and fatigue.

“This past year has been particularly difficult with seemingly endless hospital visits, doctors’ appointments, and ultimately a medication change but I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported me and helped me to get to where I am today,” Harris said.

“Not only do I have an extraordinary IBD nurse and gastroenterologist, I’m also blessed to have an amazing group of friends behind me as well.”

Harris took part in his first Gutsy Walk in 2017 and has been involved with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada for about four years.

“It’s given me the opportunity to meet many incredible people that I wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise,” Harris said. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that I wasn’t alone, and it’s been wonderful to connect with others that understand exactly what it’s like to live with IBD.”

Now in its 25th year, the Gutsy Walk is Canada’s largest community event for Crohn’s and colitis.

Since 1996, Canadians from coast to coast have raised more than $45-million.

Every dollar raised through the Gutsy Walk helps Crohn’s and Colitis Canada raise awareness of the diseases, provide support for patients and their families and fund research that will lead to more effective treatment and ultimately, the cure.

Money raised through the Gutsy Walk also helps Crohn’s and Colitis Canada advocate to governments and stakeholders.

“I’m proud to represent Lethbridge as we get one step closer to finding a cure for, and improving the quality of life of 270,000 Canadians,” Harris said.

For information on the Gutsy Walk visit www.gutsywalk.ca.

To contribute to Jordan Harris’ fund-raising effort contact him at  Jhcomputer@gmail.com or 403-360-9124.

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