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The 2013 Golf Marathon Raises $25,000 for the GI Society!
The Gastrointestinal Society’s annual Golf Marathon brought the community together in Surrey to show support for the millions of Canadians affected by gastrointestinal and liver conditions. The event took place on Saturday, October 5, at the Northview Golf and Country Club and raised $25,000.
This year’s 22 participating golfers included doctors, patients, community members, and other supporters who have been raising pledges all year for the essential work of the GI Society. Unlike in a traditional golf tournament, they completed numerous rounds, hitting the green starting at 8 am, with some golfers swinging until dusk. Collectively they played 1508 holes – an average of four rounds per person!
There are as many as 6 million Canadians with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); nearly 10 million who experience substantial upper GI issues, such as GERD and functional dyspepsia; a further 233,000 Canadians – 1 out of every 150 Canadians! – suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis); and more than 250,000 people living with hepatitis C. Despite these alarming statistics, the GI field continues to be widely stigmatized and critically underfunded.
South Surrey resident Adam Green golfed in the event for the first time this year. “I had a very fun, full day. I’m proud to be part of an event that helps people with these marginalized conditions.”
One of the Marathon’s most enthusiastic supporters and also a golfer in this year’s event was Patty Emry, a life-long GI patient who continues to defy the odds by living an incredibly active and inspiring life. This summer she won the top golfing prize in her division (age 60-64) at the 2013 Kamloops BC Seniors Games.
The GI Society thanks all those who shared in this year’s event – golfers, donors, volunteers, and everyone who supported the event in some way. As a registered charity, fundraising events such as this one are vital to sustaining our activities.