Honouring our incredible supporter Tona Abrams

Tona Abrams

Tona, a dedicated contributor to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, passed away on April 22, 2023. She was a strong supporter and a member of the Toronto Gala Committee which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. 

Our deepest condolences to her husband of 32 years Bernie, as well as to Tona’s family and friends. As we grieve the loss of a special member of our community, we reflect on the lasting legacy she left through her goodwill and volunteer work spanning several decades. 

As someone who spent much of her life living with Crohn’s disease, we remember Tona for her kindness, courage, hopeful outlook and commitment to finding the cures for both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Along with family and friends, Tona shared a passion to make things better for the many people impacted by these devastating diseases.
We are truly grateful for all Tona has done for the Crohn’s and colitis community, and beyond. She will be sincerely missed. 

Read Tona’s obituary

  • 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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