Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

April 05, 2010 11:34 ET

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada Hosts Educational Event

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2010) - On Saturday, April 17th, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) will host a public education event in Ottawa. 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 Ottawa-Gatineau area to learn more about these debilitating and often socially isolating diseases that affect more than 200,000 Canadians.

The event will feature 12 speakers including Dr. Eric Benchimol, gastroenterologist at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), who will speak about the rising rates of pediatric IBD. Sessions are offered in both French and English.

"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 Chapter Development Coordinator Sherry Pang. "By helping the community to better understand the reality and suffering their friends, neighbours, relatives and colleagues with IBD experience every day, we can help to make finding a cure a priority in Canada."

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

What: Public Education Event
When: Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. keynote speaker
Where: Travelodge West, 1376 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Registration: or email:
Cost: $10 Members. $15 Non Members. Youth free. Pre-registration mandatory due to limited space. Lunch 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 Ottawa-Gatineau 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 ( and the Heel 'n' Wheel-a-thon in June (
* For more information about CCFC, please visit

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: Sherry Pang
Chapter Development Coordinator, Ontario East
Toll-free 1-877-338-7426

Lauren Ehrenworth
Media Relations, Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter
613-794-3111 IN: HEALTH, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Sherry Pang, Chapter Development Coordinator, Ontario East, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Primary Phone: 613-832-9344
    Toll-Free: 877-338-7426