Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada Urges Canadians to Recognize the Needs of IBD Patients

    Declaration gives Canadians the opportunity to learn more and show their

    TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Today, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of
Canada (CCFC) is launching the Crohn's and Colitis Declaration in an effort to
help improve the quality of life of people living with Inflammatory Bowel
Disease (IBD).
    IBD includes two similar yet distinct conditions called Crohn's disease
and ulcerative colitis, and typically strikes people in the prime of their
lives, when they are in the midst of gaining an education, establishing a
career and building a family. Not only does a diagnosis of IBD come with
painful and debilitating symptoms, the 200,000 Canadians who live with IBD
also have to deal with often significant social stigma.
    The Crohn's and Colitis Declaration is a call to action for Canadians to
recognize the needs of people with IBD, including:

    -   Greater awareness and education
    -   Timely and equal access to therapies
    -   Access to bathroom facilities, and
    -   Support for the further funding of research.

    "I've been living with Crohn's disease for 15 years and since then I have
seen my share of discrimination, including from a former business partner who
demonstrated little empathy for my condition. I was also too embarrassed to
talk about it, and the list of the various effects of the disease were hard to
keep up with: pain, diarrhea, lethal fatigue, never ending cramps and above
all, deep depression," said Mike Cappa, a retired marketing executive in
Pickering, Ontario. "It is a challenge to live with this disease daily and I
am thrilled to see the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada taking a
leadership role in the elimination of the social stigma that I've seen. The
Declaration embodies what I need as an IBD patient and I urge fellow Canadians
to visit to read and lend their support to this important
    Every year in Canada more than 9,200 people, including children, are
diagnosed with IBD (5,100 with Crohn's disease and 4,100 with ulcerative
colitis). Canada has among the highest reported prevalence (number of people
with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) and incidence (number of new cases
per year) rates of IBD in the world.
    "There is no cure for IBD, which is why it is so important that we not
only support funding for research efforts into the cure, but also make sure
that schools, workplaces and businesses are accommodating to people with IBD,"
said Dr. Kevin Glasgow, CEO, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. "Our
hope is that the Crohn's and Colitis Declaration will increase awareness of
the need for a more accepting society for people with IBD."

    About the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

    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. The Foundation is committed to
educating IBD patients, their families, health professionals and the general
public about the diseases. For more information about the CCFC, please visit

    For more information about IBD, to read the full declaration and lend
your support to it, log on to

For further information:

For further information: To speak with a national or regional CCFC
spokesperson, or an IBD patient, please contact: Morgan Cates,
Fleishman-Hillard Canada,, (416) 645-8201

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