The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Lead a Record Number of Countries in World IBD Day Awareness Video Campaign

May 19, 2015, 08:00 ET from Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of today being World IBD Day, The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and the European Federation of Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA), are releasing more than 70 videos as part of a global video campaign that calls for anyone impacted by inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) to share their story in a short video with the unifying theme of #UnitedWeStand2015. Nearly 40 countries have been involved in the video campaign, which can be seen on YouTube.

All videos can also be viewed on the World IBD Day website ( Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.  

"It's wonderful to see so many countries coming together in an effort to raise awareness for these devastating diseases," says Richard Geswell, President and CEO of CCFA. "Social media and the universal appeal of videos, makes this an easy way for everyone to connect and get involved no matter where they are located." 

In addition to the video campaign, CCFA will also be hosting a live Twitter chat today with trained IBD specialists and doctors. Join the conversation on Twitter using #WorldIBDDayQA.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit, call 888-694-8872, like us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The European Federation of Crohn´s and Colitis Associations
EFCCA is an umbrella association representing 27 patients associations across 26 European countries with more than 100,000 members and 2 associated members representing patients in Israel and Argentina. EFCCA aims to work to improve life for people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease (together called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD), at European level. Its main objective is to improve the well-being, quality of life and quality of care of people with IBD of all ages, working both at European level and alongside member associations; to improve public awareness of IBD and the concerns of European patients; to encourage research into the disease; and to promote equality of opportunity for people affected by IBD.

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SOURCE Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America