More than 40 countries around the world will come together tomorrow to help raise awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in honor of World IBD Day. Celebrated annually on May 19, this year’s efforts focus on a global video movement that encourages those affected by IBD to share their journey in short videos with the theme, “United We Stand.”
The campaign calls for anyone impacted by IBD, whether patients, caregivers, family, gastroenterologists, nurses, and friends, to share their story with the world. While many have been contributing their own accounts of life with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, the videos will go public on World IBD Day and viewed at the foundation’s official website.
Today there are more than 1.6 million Americans currently diagnosed with IBD, with as many as 70,000 new cases springing up each year—most of whom reach an official diagnosis before the age of 35. While these chronic, life-long conditions cannot be cured, they can be treated.