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Jami and Jade

Meet Jami and Jade Poole. University is supposed to be one of the best times in life; however, for the tight-knit sisters it was an entirely different story as they suddenly fell ill during their first year of school. From severe abdominal pain to the urgent and frequent need to access a washroom, the sisters’ symptoms disrupted their lives on a daily basis. Yet, every doctor they saw told them it wasn’t anything serious—even as their symptoms became more and more unsettling.


It was only after they graduated that their mom pushed for more: Jami and Jade underwent numerous rounds of testing and specialist visits before they learnt they both have Crohn’s disease.

Throughout their journey, Jami and Jade always acted as a strong source of support for one another. Shortly after starting treatment, Jami experienced a severe reaction to her medication, exacerbating her condition. Jade stood right by her side as Jami tried one therapy after another, and eventually underwent a number of surgeries. Watch the video below to learn more about their journey.


This story is all too familiar for the 270,000 Canadians and their loved ones affected by Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, which is why we are asking for your help. We need your support to continue investing in research, as it is only through better understanding the diseases that we are able to improve quality of life, and ultimately, discover cures.

Help make a difference in the lives of people affected by Crohn's or colitis in your community.


  • 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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