DECEMBER 1-7, 2023

Help Make #IBDVisible For Awareness Week

“But you don't look sick.” This phrase is all too common for 1 in 100 Americans living with the invisible symptoms of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, collectively known as IBD.

Together, during awareness week, you helped Make #IBDVisible by spreading the word and accelerating research on behalf of millions of adults and children living with IBD.

Gavin makes #IBDVisible. Congratulations to our 2023 It Takes Guts Winner!

Gavin was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 5. At age 6, he attended his first Take Steps for a Cure event! By age 7, he was asked to be the guest speaker at a Toast for a Cure in Tampa, Florida, and A Night of Hope Gala in Orlando, Florida. Every year, Gavin grows his Take Steps team, Braver Than Most, by connecting with other local pediatric IBD patients and has raised over $70,000. He has spoken several times on local news broadcasts advocating for Take Steps for a Cure. Gavin is a true rockstar and advocate for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.


Learn More About IBD

What is IBD?

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease, an umbrella term for disorders that cause chronic gastrointestinal (GI) tract inflammation.

Get IBD Support

Are you undiagnosed but experiencing gut symptoms? Or newly diagnosed and need support with treatment options and medical care? You are not alone.

Register for MyIBD Learning

Knowledge is power. Register for virtual, in-person, and on-demand programs through the MyIBD Learning education programs.

Livestream to Make IBD Visible

In honor of Awareness Week, Make #IBDVisible by launching a charity livestream. Your livestream will help increase awareness of Crohn’s and colitis and the funds you raise will help us find cures for millions of children and adults living with IBD.
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Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week was created in 2011 by U.S. Senate Resolution 199 and takes place annually from December 1–7.

The Foundation and its sponsors support Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week by bringing together the IBD community to raise awareness and educate the public about IBD as part of our mission to see a future free from Crohn's and colitis

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