Saturday, June 2, 2012

Crohn’s And Colitis Foundation Of Canada

Welcome to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) was founded in 1974 by a group of parents whose children were diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). They were concerned about the lack of funding for IBD research and they were interested in learning more about Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC).

From that small but dedicated group, CCFC has grown to become a world leader in IBD research funding. Through the support of our generous sponsors and donors, CCFC funds research projects that probe the mysteries of IBD. We know that life-altering treatments have been developed as a result of these discoveries, and we also know that one day, a cure will be found.

We are on a Mission

To achieve our goal of finding the cure, CCFC is committed, first and foremost, to raising funds for research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

We also believe it is important to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by
educating people with IBD, their families, health professionals and the general public about these diseases. There are many challenges for people living with IBD, ranging from lack of awareness of IBD as a chronic disease, to social stigma, to lack of equity in access to expensive IBD medications.

To read more about the impact of IBD,
click here to go to CCFC’s report on the “The Burden of IBD”.

Research – The Reason We Exist

CCFC believes that multiple research approaches are required in the search for a cure for IBD. IBD is a complex set of conditions, possibly triggered by an interaction between genetic, environmental and microbiological events. The highly integrated but differentiated set of circumstances that cause the onset of IBD can be varied; thus investigations must also be varied.

To that end, CCFC is funding a multi-million dollar, multi-year study known as the Michael J. Howorth
GEM (Genetics, Environmental, Microbial) project. GEM will investigate the potential causes of Crohn's disease by following 5,000 healthy individuals who are at high risk for developing Crohn’s disease. Please see for more information on the GEM project or to enroll as a subject in the study.

In addition to GEM, CCFC also funds more than 30 
research projects annually, and has provided more than $71 million in research funding since its inception. Furthermore we partner with many other research organizations to co-support investigations and build the global IBD knowledge base. We share, we learn, we grow together. Through our efforts both within Canada and internationally, we collaborate to uncover the secrets that will cure IBD.

Raising Awareness about IBD

Another strategic priority for CCFC is education and enhanced public awareness about IBD. This set of diseases remained in the shadows for too long, relegating those with IBD to suffer in silence.

CCFC provides
brochures, holds education events and information sessions on IBD. We also publish The Journal three times a year; this popular subscription (free to CCFC members) provides useful health tips, inspirational profiles, Q and A’s by Dr. Remo Panaccione and updates on the latest research.

We are also in the process of building a
Health Professional Program, connecting clinicians who have an interest in and treat people living with IBD. By creating and linking a network of IBD professionals, we will increase best practices in the field and enhance the knowledge base around the treatment of CD and UC.

Become a 
member of CCFC and experience the benefits of belonging to a dynamic organization, aimed at raising the profile and understanding of IBD.

Volunteers are the Heart of our Business

Without our volunteers, CCFC would not be able to pursue its mission. Volunteers are truly our workforce in community right across the country. We have many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities in every Chapter. To get involved with a worthy cause and find out more about volunteering with us, please contact your local chapter, email us at or visit to fill out a volunteer application.

You help yourself when you help others!
Become a CCFC volunteer today.

Donate and Make a Difference

The search for a cure for IBD takes long-term commitment and funding. Because of the generosity of our donors, CCFC has become one of the world leaders in non-government funded research into IBD. We have any number of flexible giving plans that will suit you, including one-time donations, monthly donation plans and charitable bequests. We also have plans that will provide you with tax benefits under Canadian income tax laws.

For more information, please 
click here or call Trish Long at 1-800-387-1479 ext 210 (416 920-5035 ext 210 from the Greater Toronto Area) or send her an email at .

Thank you for your support!


Find the cure.


The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) believes that a cure will be found for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. To realize this, the CCFC is committed, first and foremost, to raise increasing funds for medical research.

The CCFC also believes it is important to make all individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) aware of the Foundation, and educate these individuals, their families, health professionals and the general public about these diseases.


In undertaking this vision, the CCFC believes:
  • The greatest proportion of funds raised must be allocated to research;
  • Collaboration with the medical community is imperative;
  • Goals must be set and met throughout the organization;
  • Participation by volunteers is crucial to our success;
  • The success of the Foundation rests on the mutual respect of staff and volunteers;
  • The national nature of the Foundation must be respected;
  • All volunteers, members, supporters and employees have a right to contribute in an environment that asserts the personal worth and dignity of each individual.

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