Make a grand gesture in grand style! The ball is a wonderful opportunity to ensure you’re a part of one of Ottawa’s and our country’s most magnificent evenings, all while demonstrating your support for the world-class Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre and Screen Colons Canada. Be inspired:  your patronage supports awareness and ground-breaking research for pediatric IBD (a group of inflammatory disorders that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) and helps to save lives by promoting early screening for colon cancer.

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre

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

Charitable Registration Number is 118852474RR001.

Screen Colons Canada


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

Charitable Registration Number is 870146321RR0001

Our commitment is to help improve the quality of life for Canadians suffering from these serious diseases, drive innovative health research, advance nationwide education, and bring together the best and brightest minds in diagnosis, research, prevention, care, and recovery.

Many of the guests and supporters of The Snowflake Ball have been touched by Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and/or colorectal cancer, either personally or through family, friends, or colleagues.

The Snowflake Ball is passionate about shining the light on these still rarely-discussed diseases (especially as the prevalence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Canada is among the highest in the world) and promoting a better understanding of the link between children and adults living with IBD having a higher risk of developing colon cancer.

Can we count on your generous support to help us make a difference in the lives of so many adults and children?