Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

April 19, 2010 10:01 ET

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada celebrates volunteers

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is extending a nation-wide hug to its approximately 5,000 courageous and dedicated volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 18 - 24, 2010.

"Our dedicated volunteers are one of the core strengths of CCFC, as we work to find the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis," said CCFC's National President and Board Chair Jan Martin - herself a CCFC volunteer for 13 years.

Crohn's and colitis, together known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are chronic and debilitating diseases affecting more than 200,000 Canadian men, women and children. Those numbers are increasing, as more than 9,200 Canadians are diagnosed with IBD each year. Canada has one of the world's highest rates of IBD.

"Across the country, our volunteers work tirelessly towards our mission, giving their time, knowledge, expertise and leadership," said Martin. "They show incredible courage by speaking out about the devastating impacts of IBD, helping to reduce the stigma and embarrassment often associated with these diseases."

CCFC volunteers work selflessly at the community level to advance the mission of the Foundation, which is to raise money to fund world-class IBD research. They often do so in the most difficult of circumstances, as was the case with CCFC's 2009 Volunteer of the Year Sheryl Joseph of Montreal.

Sheryl was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was a teenager. She has had eight surgeries and suffered virtually all of the symptoms related to Crohn's disease, which include painful cramping, diarrhea, frequent and urgent bowel movements, bloody stool, painful intestinal sores and abscesses. Despite this, since she became involved with CCFC in 2004 she has personally raised close to $39,000 through Heel 'n' Wheel-a-Thon pledges, penny jars, by increasing awareness in her community and by organizing the "Comedy Show for a Cause" at a Montreal nightclub.

She has even continued to gather pledges from her hospital bed.

"Fundraising for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada is so important to me," said Sheryl. "NO money = NO research, and therefore NO CURE!!"

During National Volunteer Week, CCFC congratulates Sheryl and the many volunteers across the country who are a constant inspiration to us all, and who are the soul of the Foundation.

/For further information: Jacqueline Waldorf
Manager of Marketing and Communications, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Tel: (416) 920-5035 ext. 241, Mobile: (647) 882-4758

Contact Information

  • Jacqueline Waldorf, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-920-5035 ext. 241
    Toll-Free: 800-387-1479