- May 23 -

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

The first annual World Crohn's and Colitis Day (WCCD) was celebrated on May 23, 2007. The event was created by Josh Golder and recognized by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as by people from around the world. Josh is a prominent figure and activist in the Crohn's and Colitis...

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

The first annual World Crohn's and Colitis Day (WCCD) was celebrated on May 23, 2007. The event was created by Josh Golder and recognized by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as by people from around the world. Josh is a prominent figure and activist in the Crohn's and Colitis community (who himself has Crohn's disease), who directed and produced the internationally known, community-wide movie, "True Guts: Struggle and Triumph over Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis" (which is more commonly known as "True Guts"). Josh created WCCD as a way to bring people affected by either disease together, as well as friends and family members of those individuals, and even those who knew nothing about either disease in order to increase awareness of them.

Crohn’s Disease
Named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, also called the large intestine.
Crohn’s disease can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall, while ulcerative colitis only involves the innermost lining of the colon. Finally, in Crohn’s disease, the inflammation of the intestine can “skip”-- leaving normal areas in between patches of diseased intestine. In ulcerative colitis this does not occur.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Crohn's_and_Colitis_Day
http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

World Turtle Day
Declaration of the Báb

You may also like...

Interesting events from Health category.

World Health Day

In 1948, there was a call for the creation of a 'World Health Day' to mark the founding of the World Health Organization. And since 1950, World Health Day has been celebrated annually on 7 April. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of concern for...

World Parkinson's Disease Day

World Parkinson's Disease Day is celebrated on the 11th of April of every year to raise awareness of to support people affected with Parkinson's disease and to educate the community of its causes, symptoms and the medical/surgical treatment methods available. It is a common disease among the...

World Hemophilia Day

World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia. It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, which also serves to raise funds and attract volunteers for the World Federation of Hemophilia. It was started in...

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2009, 781 000 people died from malaria, mainly women and children in Africa. World Malaria Day was established in...

World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. They acknowledge and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members,...

World Brain Tumor Day

This commemoration day was initialized by the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V. (German Brain Tumor Association) in 2000. Because brain tumors occur rather seldom in comparison to other cancers, they are little-noticed by the public. The goal is to direct international public attention to people...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet