“I was diagnosed with colitis when I was 13 years old, and this organization helped me significantly. The local chapter has been relatively quiet the last few years and I’m hoping to make it more active and give back,” Rob Trembinski, Sales Representative with EXIT Realty True North, Brokerage, tells of why he chose to support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
Rob helped bring the event back to Sault Ste. Marie, ON for the first time in over a decade. Having battled colitis as a teenager, eventually having his entire colon removed at 15 years old, the cause is very important to him. He reached out to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to begin the approval process for the walk, gathered an organizing committee, recruited sponsors, contacted and spoke to media, ran radio ads, and hosted the festivities on the day.
Gutsy Walk is a fun-filled, family-friendly non-competitive day to walk in support of those impacted by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions, the two main forms of which are Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Living with IBD means living a life full of disruptions. That’s the case for over 300,000 Canadians already, with someone newly diagnosed every hour. There are no known cures, which is why fundraisers like Gutsy Walk are so important, to fuel research and raise awareness.
A portion of every transaction fee received by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. Through the Spirit of EXIT Charitable Program, EXIT offices and associates can raise money for local, approved, registered charities and apply to EXIT’s head office to have those funds matched from the company’s pool of funds. Rob and the team at EXIT Realty True North raised $6,025, with an additional match of up to $2,000 from EXIT’s head office, for a total donation of $8,025 to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
“Thank you for helping our organization improve the lives of people affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – at all stages of life, and joining us on our relentless journey to find a cure for these lifelong diseases and improve the quality of life for everyone in Canada affected by these diseases,” said Nicole Sage, Development and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ontario North, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.