Rocking and Running for a Cure - 2013

I’m not one to beg for people’s support, even for worthwhile events I’m involved in. This one, however, is a little different.


As many of you may know, my wife Luisa has lived with Crohn’s disease since her teenage years (which hasn’t been that long, I know, I know). In layman’s terms, Crohn’s entails an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in anything from an embarrassing situation to near-critical abdominal pain. It also affects anyone and everyone around the sufferer, the least of which being myself and our two kids.

My wife Luisa is by far the strongest person I know – Rather than complain about her lot in life, she prefers to take action, which is why we’re participating in the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s “Gutsy Walk,” formerly known as the Heel ’n’ Wheel-a-Thon. We will both be running 5K on Sunday, June 9th at beautiful Spencer Smith Park on Burlington’s waterfront. (Us LeBlancs get around, I tell you!)

I definitely need to step up my training for the big race, not only because there’s a VERY good chance she will outrace me, but because there is an extremely good chance that Crohn’s disease will be beaten in her lifetime, but we need your help! If I’ve done a decent job persuading you to sponsor me, you may do so here. And anyone is also more than welcome to join “Team Zoom Zoom,” where once again my daughter Miranda will be acting as one of our team captains. Any amount is greatly appreciated, but if you pledge at least $15, not only will you be eligible for a tax receipt, I will add any song you suggest to my running playlist. People familiar with my music tastes know my preference is garage rock, but if someone donates enough and REALLY wants Justin Bieber or Bon Jovi on my iPod, I will begrudgingly accept. Because like their slogan goes, “It takes guts to find a cure.”

Whatever my playlist ends up being, I will share it with you all on

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all very much!
Gilles AKA ROCKthusiast

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