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Mike Roger

Birken/Whistler

 

No one seems willing

On Halloween night two more horses, apparently a mare and her foal, were hit on the highway between Pemberton and Mt. Currie. One was found dead; the other, in agony, was put down. They were part of a band of horses that have been allowed to roam free, occasionally wandering onto the highway seeking food sources, and in winter road salt.

Eventually someone, perhaps a child will be killed in a vehicular collision with this herd. What saddens and frustrates me as a horse owner is that no one in a position of authority or responsibility, including the owner, seems willing to do anything about it.

Stu Armstrong

Pemberton

 

Get gutsy this month

"I did not apply to medical school."

"I stopped work because of the travel."

These are actual statements from Canadians living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, testifying to the serious and life-altering choices they have had to make because they can't find a public bathroom. It's hard to find the bathroom humour in that.

One in 160 Canadians lives with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), including many right here in Whistler, so it's likely that someone you know is affected. IBD is comprised of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two similar, yet distinct, conditions that cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. Patients suffer from symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and diarrhea that is often urgent and unexpected. More than 200,000 Canadians live with IBD. There is no cure, no known causes and little public understanding of the pain, chronic suffering and isolation IBD patients courageously cope with each and every day of their lives.

This November the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC), and Whistler Friends, celebrates the courage of people who are affected by IBD, while trying to increase public understanding of the issues they face. Please visit www.getgutsymonth.ca for more information. Whistler Friends is proud to support the CCFC and over the years has raised more than $64,000 for research for a cure(s). There is likely a cure(s) to be found in our lifetime - and that cure will be realized as more people become aware of the disease, which is why we have chosen the CCFC to be the primary beneficiary for the first Whistler Half Marathon to be held June 4, 2011.

Those who suffer - don't suffer in silence, tell people about your condition.

Those who don't suffer - open your hearts (and washrooms) to those who do.

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