Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

May 03, 2010 09:01 ET

Health News / Community Calendar Event

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Hosts Public Education Event and Get Gutsy Volunteer Open House

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor EDMONTON, AB, HEALTH NEWS & COMMUNITY CALENDAR--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - On Thursday, May 20th, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) will host a public education event and volunteer information night in Yellowknife. This event 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 Yellowknife area to learn more about these debilitating and often socially isolating diseases that affect more than 200,000 Canadians.

The event will feature local gastroenterologist Dr. Tom Guzowski from Stanton Territorial Hospital and a leading research scientist in probiotics, Dr. Karen Madsen from the University of Alberta. Carolle Anderson, Regional Director (Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut) will give an overview of the CCFC's programs and volunteer opportunities. The video, Rubber Side Down, featuring a cross country bike tour will also premiere following the presentations.

"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 "This education evening offers a rare opportunity for everyone connected to inflammatory bowel disease to meet together with local doctors and guest researchers."

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

What: Public Education Event
When: Thursday, May 20th, 2010
5:30 p.m. registration, 6:00 p.m. start time
Where: The Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife
Registration: Email: canderson@ccfc.ca
Cost: Complimentary. Pre-registration important due to limited space.
A light dinner and refreshments will be provided to registered participants.

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 Foundation supports Education Symposiums across Canada, the M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day on May 8 (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.

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/For further information: Carolle Anderson, Regional Director of Alberta/NWT/Nunavut
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
Phone: 403.569.8477
1-888-884-2232
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Contact Information

  • Carolle Anderson , Regional Director, Alberta/NWT/Nunavut, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 403-569-8477
    Toll-Free: 888-884-2232
    E-mail: canderson@ccfc.ca