Chances are you're all too familiar with the stats. Canada has one of the highest incidence rates of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the world. Over 250,000 Canadians live with inflammatory bowel disease. One Canadian is newly diagnosed with IBD every hour.
But your past contribution to Crohn's and Colitis Canada wasn't made because of statistics; it was made because of people. Maybe a family member, maybe a friend, maybe yourself. It's the people living with Crohn's or colitis who inspired you to give, and they're the reason we're committed to understanding, treating, and curing these destructive diseases.
Thanks to you, Canada isn't just home to high rates of Crohn's and colitis, it's home to some of the most ambitious and most promising IBD research and care.
You've made possible our Genetic, Environmental, Microbial (GEM) Project, a Canadian-led, worldwide study that aims to uncover the causes of Crohn's disease. Now in its 10th year, the GEM Project continues to offer researchers insight into what triggers the disease, and brings us closer to ways to both cure and prevent it.
The Promoting Access and Care through Centres of Excellence (PACE) program continues to connect specialists from across Canada to share insights and improve the level of care available to people with Crohn's or colitis. The program is expanding telemedicine offerings, reducing steroid use, and giving patients the chance to be more proactive in their healthcare.
The advances you've helped create are already having a positive effect on Canadians living with Crohn's or colitis. Case in point - Vincent Nadon. Vincent lives with Crohn's, and because he's able to effectively manage the disease, he recently embarked on a cross-Canada bike ride to raise awareness of IBD.
As we mark our nation's birthday, we hope that you'll consider making a contribution to Crohn's and Colitis Canada so that we can provide the stable financial backing needed to push forward our vital research projects and patient programs. With your support, we can create a country - and a world - free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the people taking on Crohn's or colitis, and for giving us the opportunity to work for them.
Happy Canada Day from all of us at Crohn's and Colitis Canada.