November is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month, and We Need Your Help

Mom comforting daughter in hospital waiting room
November is Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month in Canada, a country with one of the world's highest rates of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are debilitating and lifelong diseases caused by an abnormal response from the body’s immune system. Incredible strides are being made to help those impacted by these diseases, but we still need your help.

What’s Happening This Year?
This year, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada wants the community to know and focus on the fact that You Are Not Alone. Inflammatory bowel disease can make one feel incredibly lonely, but we want those who feel alone to know that we’re here for you. Every step of the way.

Our national advertising campaign was launched a couple of weeks ago. Have you seen our commercial?

In addition to our ad campaign, landmarks will be lit up in RED to commemorate the month.

Landmarks to be lit up in RED:

  • Constable Ezio Faraone Park - The Bridge
  • City of Barrie- Meridian Place Canopy 
  • Greater Sudbury- Big Nickel 
  • Town of Collingwood - Town Hall Clock Tower
  • District of Muskoka- Bracebridge Falls
  • Grey Bruce (County of Bruce)  Victoria Jubilee Hall
  • City of Thunder Bay- Fountain at City Hall & Current River Dam
  • Niagara Falls 
  • 3D Toronto Sign
  • CN Tower
  • Mississauga City Hall
New Brunswick
  • Quispamsis Town Hall
  • Grand Bay-Westfield Community Centrum
  • Conception Bay South Town Hall
Nova Scotia
  • Halifax City Hall
  • Province House - Nova Scotia Legislature
We will also be featuring stories from our community on our social media channels to create discussion on these invisible illnesses that have obvious physical effects.

To learn more, you can check out our You Are Not Alone campaign or follow along @getgutsycanada.

  • 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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