World IBD Day

World IBD text on a purple background
Approximately 5 million people around the world live with inflammatory bowel disease, and May 19 is a global day of action to raise awareness of the disease. Throughout the day, we'll be posting information on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) about IBD, which you're encouraged to like and share. You can also use the day to make your story public on social media, and let the world know just what living with IBD is like, and how you're overcoming the challenges of the disease. Post your thoughts and experiences with the hashtag #WorldIBDDay.

Many of the IBD associations linked to World IBD Day will be using the purple ribbon as a symbol of awareness and support for those living with the disease. You're likely to see a lot more purple on May 19 as landmarks around the world light up in purple. These Canadian landmarks will turn purple:

- Halifax City Hall
- Montreal City Hall
- CN Tower
- 3D TORONTO sign
- Bridge 13 (Welland)
- Skylon Tower (Niagara Falls)
- Niagara Falls  
- Coquitlam's fountain at Lafarge Lake
- Light Column at Coquitlam City Hall
- Sky Train Guideway Pillars (Central Coquitlam)
- BC Place (on the night of May 18)
- Science World (Vancouver)
- Vancouver City Hall
- BC Legislature (Victoria)

Crohn's and Colitis Canada will also be part of a YouTube Live video on May 19 that will bring together representatives from IBD organizations around the world for a talk about the disease and how we're working to better the lives of everyone impacted by IBD.

Join us on May 19 as we show the world the impact of IBD and the strength of everyone who confronts it.
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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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