Walk with Us - It Takes Guts to Find a Cure
Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Sophie LeBlanc -- Halifax
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Sophie is an amazing 11 year old girl who can’t wait to finish Grade 5 so she can enjoy her summer. She loves to just hang with her friends, ride her bike or go swimming. She especially can’t wait until Camp Guts and Glory, an annual retreat for kids with Crohn’s and Colitis.

Sophie loves baton twirling, and has become quite good at it, capable of catching a triple-spinner or doing cartwheels while her baton is in the air – her shelves are lined with trophies and medals. All of this has taken a lot of hard work, but she is always up to the challenge. She excels in school, and has a great group of friends who walked with her on the Gutsy Walk last year, adorned in special T shirts and singing songs along the march.

Sophie hasn’t always been healthy enough to work and play so hard. Just before her 8th birthday, she got really sick, and began to lose weight at an alarming rate, enduring a lot of pain, and she no longer had the ability to do the things she loved. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Her life, and ours, had changed forever.

Finding a treatment that worked for Sophie took a long time, a lot of different medications, and a lot of hospital visits and stays. Through it all, she never complained, despite the toll the disease was taking on her body.

After many different treatment plans, Sophie is in a period of remission, and she can do all the things she loves. Due to the love and care of her doctors and nurses, and because of the continuing work of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Sophie and many children like her can get the treatment and support they need. But this is not a cure. There will be bumps in the road, there is uncertainty, and this is not the end of the story. The end of the story is finding the cause, and finding the cure. Please help us get there.
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