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Dedicated to raising awareness and much-needed funds to further research on IBD (a group of inflammatory disorders that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and colorectal cancer, The Snowflake Ball’s "Springtime in Paris" will benefit:
Providing the highest level of medical, nutritional, and surgical care to children and youth, the CHEO IBD Centre is a world leader in pediatric IBD research. This research is now of paramount importance as the chronic disease is on the rise in Ontario, mostly notably among children, for whom it sadly tends to be more aggressive and progressive. “I think it’s troubling and very concerning…” Dr. Eric Benchimol, a pediatric gastroenterologist at CHEO, recently told The Toronto Star “…“it’s becoming much more common in children, specifically in children under 10, which used to be unheard of… we need more research to figure out why it’s affecting (children) more and how we can treat them better, how to improve their outcomes and their quality of life”. Patients with IBD, particularly those with longer duration or severity, are at increased risk for colorectal cancer. Visit our website at www.cheo-ibd.ca.
Charitable Registration Number is 118852474RR001.
Screen Colons Canada is a national charity dedicated to saving lives through raising awareness of the prevalence and preventability of colon cancer and promoting easy access to screening. Colon cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but with timely and effective screening, this silent but deadly disease is up to 95% preventable. Symptoms often don’t appear until it’s too late. Colon cancer is more common among those over 50 but, alarmingly, it is increasingly being diagnosed in younger people. According to a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, "Ottawa has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in Ontario. Colon cancer is preventable, not inevitable. Don’t Die of Embarrassment. Visit our website at screencolons.ca.
Charitable Registration Number is 870146321RR0001
These three chronic and serious illnesses (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer) are not discussed very often, but The Snowflake Ball is changing this - the Ball is passionate about shining the light on the 3Cs (especially as the prevalence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Canada is among the highest in the world), showcasing advances and innovations in regard to the 3Cs, and promoting a better understanding of the link between children and adults living with IBD having a higher risk of developing colon cancer.
The Snowflake Ball brings together the best and brightest minds in research, prevention, care, and recovery related to gastroenterology, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and colorectal cancer. Many of the guests and supporters of the Ball have been touched by the 3Cs, either personally or through family, friends, or colleagues.
Can we count on your generous support to help us make a difference in the lives of so many adults and children?