Monday, August 23, 2010

Searching for Gutsy Canadians: Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month

To celebrate November's Crohn's and Colotis Awareness Month 2010, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is searching for the nation's Gutsiest Canadians.

With Canada having among the highest rates of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the world (there are more than 200,000 Canadians affected), it's a time to spotlight this disease that also affects caregivers, friends, family and members of the medical community.

If you know someone who faces inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is making a difference in their community or in the lives of others, or if you know someone who deserves recognition for his/her support of an individual with IBD, pleae nominate them. Go to and enter between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1, 2010. Seven gutsy Canadians will be selected and honored in November.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are two similar, yet distinct, conditions that directly affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. 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 of their lives. From the CCFC website.

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