Cascades soccer teams participate in Gutsy Walk

Members of the UFV Cascades men's and women's soccer team participated in the Gutsy Walk for Crohn's and Colitis last Sunday in Abbotsford.

Members of the UFV Cascades men’s and women’s soccer team participated in the Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis last Sunday in Abbotsford.

Athletes from the University of the Fraser Valley men’s and women’s soccer teams got together for a good cause last Sunday, participating in the Abbotsford Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis.

James Najman addresses the crowd at Sunday's Abbotsford Gutsy Walk. The third-year striker on the UFV men's soccer team was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 11.

James Najman addresses the crowd at Sunday’s Abbotsford Gutsy Walk. The third-year striker on the UFV men’s soccer team was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 11.

The local event drew 240 people to Mill Lake Park, and generated a total of $23,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to fund the continuing search for a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases, along with patient programs and advocacy. The Cascades contingent combined to raise $550, and the men’s soccer team arrived early on Sunday morning to volunteer with venue set-up, registration, and raffle ticket distribution.

Gutsy Walk events were held across the country on Sunday, and over $3 million was raised.

The Cascades have been big boosters of the Gutsy Walk in recent years in honour of James Najman, a striker on the men’s soccer team who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 11 and overcame long odds to play university soccer. Najman has been active in raising funds to help find a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases, and in 2014, he served as honourary chair of the Abbotsford Gutsy Walk.

To donate, visit gutsywalk.ca.

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