A volunteer for the Leeds and District network, Tony has lived with Crohn's Disease for over 13 years.

When Tony was 30 years old, he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease

In 2005, shortly after Tony was diagnosed, he got involved with the Leeds and District Network, and is currently the treasurer.

It's all about getting the awareness out there - the more people that know about this disease, the better.

The network organises lots of social events; there is a coffee morning where people can drop in and meet other people who understand. 

Tony's network also produces a newsletter three times a year to let people know what's going on, and run lots of fundraising events including carol concerts, race nights, and bucket collections outside the Leeds Arena.

It's amazing how many people stop and talk to us, and how many people have been touched by Crohn's or Colitis within their circle of friends. 

Tony and the rest of the volunteer team got together with a number of other networks to organise a big walk around York to raise funds and awareness.

It was just brilliant. It was a lot of work, but the fact that we managed to arrange a walk around the city, creating so much awareness was fantastic.

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