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article imageCrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada receives $1.2 million

By Tim Sandle     Nov 21, 2013 in Health
This week a $1.2 million cheque was presented by M&M Meat Shops to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada to help advance medical research for Crohn’s and colitis.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada made the announcement was made at the start of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month. Both diseases affect a significant number of people in Canada. According to the charity, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that affect 1 in 150 Canadians, a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide.
Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), vomiting, or weight loss. Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis, a disease of the colon (large intestine), that includes characteristic ulcers, or open sores. The main symptom of active disease is usually constant diarrhea mixed with blood, of gradual onset.
According to the Calgary Sun, the money given this week was the the sum raised from the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada is a volunteer-based charity dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.
Speaking about the donation the charity's lead Dr. Kevin Glasgow, said: "We are extremely grateful to those who support M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day. Our 25-year-partnership with M&M Meat Shops has made an enormous difference in our effort to find cures for Crohn’s and colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases. These donations, combined with the hard work of thousands of volunteers, raise a significant portion of our annual research funds in just one day.”
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