A Gutsy walk

Nick Moase nmoase@theadvance.ca
Published on June 2, 2014

Greyden Weagle is raising money for the Gutsy Walk, taking place this weekend in Bridgewater. Weagle was diagnosed with Crohn's disease two years ago.

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When Greyden Weagle was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, it changed his life. However he hasn't let that keep him down, and fight to find a cure. 

Weagle and his team "Gut Busters" are taking part in the Gutsy Walk, a walk raising funds for Crohn's and Colitis research, this Sunday, June 8 in Bridgewater at Shipyards Landing Park. Registration is at 12, and the walk starts at 1 p.m.

This is the first time a Gutsy Walk has taken place on the South Shore, and organizers are aiming to have 100 participants, and raise more than $10,000 to go towards Crohn's and Colitis research.

Nova Scotia has highest rate of Crohn's and colitis in Canada, and South Shore is highest in Nova Scotia. Nationally, it affects 1 in 150.

Weagle was first diagnosed two years ago when he was 10. It manifested as sores in the mouth, flu like symptoms and a fast drop in weight. He lost 20 pounds in a short amount of time, going down to 56 pounds.

Crohn's is treatable, but not curable at the moment. Treatment varies by severity, but for Weagle it means weekly treatments with needles and other medication. When inflamed steroids can be used to alleviate the symptoms.

Weagle's mother, Heidi Huskins-Weagle, has also had to learn how to administer the injections, and work with her son's illness. Wanting to do something more, she became the Queens County Rep for Crohn's and Colitis Canada

It can be a struggle to have a normal life with Crohn's. Weagle struggles with mornings, when the symptoms are more pronounced, which affects his schooling.

However he still keeps active as a goalie in minor hockey. This season he played with the Southwest Thunder, made up of players from up and down the South Shore. The team took silver in the championship.

They want to get the word out that Weagle will be going out in the community door to door to raise funds. People can also give money at the Liverpool Home Hardware, at a wishing well set up in the downstairs section of the store.

Huskins-Weagle says Home Hardware, where she works, has been very supportive with raising funds and plans to have some of their staff out for the walk.