Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

April 23, 2010 08:58 ET

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada Hosts Educational Event

Crohn’s and Colitis Education Symposium for Patients, their Families and Friends

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA: MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - On Sunday, May 2nd, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) will host a public education event in Fort McMurray. This interactive forum will be of interest to not only the one in 160 Canadians living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but also their communities of friends, family and healthcare providers. CCFC invites anyone from the Fort McMurray area to learn more about these debilitating and often socially isolating diseases that affect more than 200,000 Canadians.

The event will feature speakers including Dr. Eytan Wine, MD, PhD; Jessica Sawyer-Bennett, Registered Dietician; and Carolle Anderson, CCFC Regional Director for Alberta, NWT, and Nunavut.

"Given the high incidence of IBD in Canada, it's likely everyone knows someone with IBD, so this event is for anyone - not just people living with Crohn's or colitis," says Regional Director Carolle Anderson.

What: Public Education Event
When: Sunday May 2nd, 2010 - 1:00 p.m. registration, 1:15 p.m. start time
Where: Tamarack Room, Sawridge Inn, 530 MacKenzie Boulevard, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Registration: Email: samyotte@ccfc.ca or 1-888-884-2232
Cost: Free. Preregistration appreciated

About the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada

* The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, medical research foundation dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, commonly referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
* The Foundation is committed to educating IBD patients, their families, health professionals and the general public about the diseases.
* The Edmonton Education Symposium is being held in advance of two notable fundraisers for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada; M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day in May (www.charitybbqday.com) and the Heel 'n' Wheel-a-thon in June (www.heelnwheelathon.ca).
* For more information about CCFC, please visit www.ccfc.ca.

About Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

* Canada has among the highest reported rates of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the world.
* There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering which IBD patients courageously cope with every day.
* More than 200,000 Canadian men, women and children live with IBD.
* Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are two similar, yet distinct conditions which directly affect the digestive system.
* Patients suffer from symptoms including abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and diarrhea.
* There are many challenges for people living with IBD in the current environment, ranging from lack of awareness of IBD as a chronic disease, to social stigma, to lack of equity in access to expensive IBD medications.
* Canada is home to many of the world leaders in IBD research.
/For further information: Stacey Amyotte
Chapter Development Coordinator, Northern Alberta
Telephone: (780) 929-2685
Email: samyotte@ccfc.ca / IN: HEALTH, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Stacey Amyotte , Chapter Development Coordinator, Northern Alberta , Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 780-929-2685
    E-mail: samyotte@ccfc.ca