Calgary Stampeders’ punter kicking Crohn’s in the butt

Rob Maver knows Crohn’s disease as well as someone who doesn’t have it possibly can. His wife, Libby, lives with Crohn’s, and Rob has seen the effects it can have. Maver also took part in a simulation called In Their Shoes to get a better sense of the everyday challenges people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can face.
Rob and Libby, alongside the Calgary Stampeders, have been instrumental in raising awareness of the disease, and raising funds to support Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s research initiatives and patient services. They helped organize the inaugural Guts N Glory flag football tournament last September in Calgary, and during the upcoming CFL season Maver will again use the gridiron to support everyone taking on Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Every time Maver steps onto the field at McMahon Stadium, he’ll be Kicking Crohn’s in the Butt – a charitable program created in partnership with long-time Crohn’s and Colitis Canada supporter and diehard Stamps fan, Tammy Truman.
For every yard Maver’s punts travel at home this season, Truman Insurance Agency Inc. will donate $1 to the Calgary Chapter of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
“The Stampeders’ sideline announcer will share information about the program twice every game, and it will be highlighted on the Jumbotron and sideline screens,” says Tammy Truman, Owner of Truman Insurance Agency Inc. “This should bring a whole new level of awareness to the disease and provide some funds as well.”
“We’re so grateful for the continued support that Rob, Libby, Tammy, and the entire Calgary Stampeders organization offer to our cause,” says Mina Mawani, President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. “Their work not only supports our research and patient programs, but also helps get people who may not have heard of Crohn’s or colitis talking about the diseases.”
The Kicking Crohn’s in the Butt program officially begins Saturday, June 16 when the Calgary Stampeders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium in week one of the 2018 CFL season.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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