"Pain isn't the only thing a kid with Crohn's feels." One startling statistic presented was that there are currently 28 new cases of Crohn's or colitis diagnosed each day in Canada (including children under 10 years old).
The guest speaker and master of ceremonies for the awards dinner was none other than local CFL football legend, Winnipegger, and colitis hero, Obby Khan (as seen in the photo above). Obby's personal story of his struggle with colitis was captivating and inspiring. He described how in 2006 he was at the peak of his football career with the Blue Bombers and stardom. It was at that time when his symptoms of colitis began to emerge. He gradually lost ground in a few short years despite his best efforts to manage symptoms and went from 310 lbs down to 180 lbs. The inflammatory disease would not relent but neither would Obby's determination to play football. He eventually chose a surgical intervention and had his entire colon removed. Following the surgery, Obby heroically regained his strength and most of his weight. He kept pushing for his dream to regain his 2006 stardom. However, other injuries to his hands and knees (not from colitis) caused him to exit the world of professional football in 2013. Obby Khan continues to be a champion for Crohn's disease by sharing his colitis management nutrition game plan. Obby recently made his secret available to all by opening a juice business called the Green Carrot Juice Company, where he squeezes fresh fruit and vegetable Juice with industrial grade machinery. At Congress Obby claimed to have "survived in professional football with colitis by eating rice, salmon, and fresh fruit and vegetable juice."
Advocating for your health,
David Chochinov, O.T. Reg. (MB)