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Together. For life.


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


This year marked 40 years of progress for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. The journey from zero dollars in 1974 to over $88 million invested in research and patient services today is an amazing tale of collaboration and sharing! While so much remains to be done, we are united in our Promise to improve the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and colitis, and to ultimately find cures. Through the combined passion and commitment of our founders, volunteers, donors, researchers and especially the people who live with Crohn’s and colitis and their families, we have been able to do so much – but we won’t stop until we stop these diseases.


Together. For life.


ADVANCING AND EXPANDING THE RESEARCH AGENDA


On April 2, 2014 as our new name of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada was launched, we were proud to announce a $6 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to advance the GEM Project. It took the support of researchers, donors, volunteers and staff seven years to build a research project of such significance that it attracted a donation of this size from outside Canada. The impact is beyond imagination; adding momentum and capacity to what is already seen as the one global study with the best chance of discovering what causes Crohn’s disease.


This past year also marked a turning point in our overall research strategy. This new direction will drive greater innovation and collaboration. It will enable us to be more responsive and attract more funding to inflammatory bowel disease research. And most importantly, the scope of our research investments will broaden to include research that has greater impact on patient outcomes and care.


GROWING OUR MISSION Today, as we build our research investments, we are also improving people’s lives. Through education, advocating for change at all levels of government, and increasing awareness. Our chapters and community events provide an opportunity for people living with Crohn’s and colitis to connect with others.


The stories we hear from Crohn’s and colitis patients touch our hearts even more when these diseases strike young. Programs like our scholarships and new summer camp help ensure that children can have fun and students can learn – living their lives to the fullest.


ADVOCATING FOR PATIENTS Government priorities and decisions have a major role to play as we strive to improve the lives of Canadians living with Crohn’s and colitis. Over the past years, we have stepped up to play a leadership role in advocating for patients and making these diseases a priority on the agenda across all levels of government.


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