Contest Offers Young Hockey Enthusiasts the Chance to Play with Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers



    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - This August, children across Canada between the
ages of 10 and 12, will have a chance to give back to their communities while
lacing up their skates during the Score for Colitis and Crohn's national
contest featuring the Edmonton Oiler's Fernando Pisani.
    Since being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) four years ago,
Edmonton Oilers star Fernando Pisani has become a leading advocate for
patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
    "This will be a fun day to raise awareness of colitis and Crohn's," says
Pisani, who, through treatment, has been able to resume his NHL career - a
career that was threatened by his diagnosis.
    The Score for Colitis and Crohn's contest encourages children to submit a
one-page essay that describes one of the following:

    
    -  what it is like to have someone close to them living with Crohn's
       disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis,
    -  what it is like to have CD or UC, or
    -  what it would mean to them to help raise funds for people living with
       these diseases and to be coached by NHL hockey player Fernando Pisani.
    

    Over 200,000 Canadians suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)(1),
which includes both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
    Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive system
that may affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's can occur at
any age, however, it most frequently first occurs in young people, and about
10 per cent of newly diagnosed cases are in children under age 10.(2)
    Ulcerative colitis affects only the inner layer of the colon or large
bowel and can also occur at any age, but most people are diagnosed before the
age of 30.(1)

    Contest Details

    One-page essays to be submitted by young hockey enthusiasts or those who
enjoy skating via email at ScoreForColitisandCrohns@sixdegreesmed.com, by fax
to 416-643-8572 or by regular mail to Score for Colitis and Crohn's, c/o Six
Degrees Medical Consulting, 10 Bay Street, 16th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5J
2S3. The deadline for submission is July 22, 2009 at 6 p.m.
    Two winners per province will be chosen to attend a half-day hockey
clinic in Edmonton, Alberta on Saturday, August 15, 2009, led by Pisani.
During the second half of the day, winners will enjoy a friendly game of
hockey with their fellow contest winners. Each winner will be accompanied by
one parent or guardian - round-trip, economy flights for the winner and their
parent/guardian, and one-night accommodation will be offered to each winner.
    Contest winners will be making a difference: for each goal that is scored
during the game, Schering-Plough Canada will generously donate $500 to benefit
four patient associations dedicated to raising public awareness and helping
Canadians who suffer from these various gastrointestinal and digestive
diseases.
    If you would like to receive more information on Crohn's disease or
ulcerative colitis, please speak with your doctor or visit
www.Ihaveoptions.ca. Valuable information can also be found on the following
three associations' websites:

    
    -  Canadian Digestive Health Foundation - www.cdhf.ca
    -  Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada - www.ccfc.ca
    -  Canadian Society of Intestinal Research - www.badgut.ca
    -  March IBD Care Foundation - www.marchcares.com
    

    So lace up your skates and bone up on your hockey skills with Pisani for
a fun-filled day that will benefit those living with ulcerative colitis or
Crohn's disease. Join together and be part of a giving community!

    If you have questions or require more information please send an email
to: ScoreForColitisandCrohns@sixdegreesmed.com.

    
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    (1)  Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Home Page. Available at:
         http://www.ccfc.ca/English/info/ibd.html. Accessed on May 13, 2009.
    (2)  Canadian Society of Intestinal Research. Crohn's Disease. Available
         at: http://www.badgut.com/index.php?contentFile=
         crohns&title=Crohn's%20DiseaseNo.what_is_it. Accessed on
         May 13, 2009.
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Vesna Krklinski, Six Degrees
Medical Consulting, (416) 643-8621, vkrklinski@sixdegreesmed.com; Kendal Lo,
Six Degrees Medical Consulting, (416) 643-8603, klo@sixdegreesmed.com

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