is the peak age of IBD onset
At least 5,000
Australian children are living with IBD
Support children living with Crohn’s and colitis
“Crohn’s has changed my beautiful daughter’s ability to socialise. She’s missed so many school days and sports and parties and so on. So many opportunities to meet and make friends.
It is heartbreaking to see your child isolated in pain. When Magnolia’s up and about, she’s often super happy, and the life of the party, but at the same time, I’m so aware the other kids don’t really know what she’s going through. I just wish that she could meet children like her and feels less alone.”
For a lot of people facing a life with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the support they need is often few and far between, which can lead to crippling isolation and more severe disease.
Many people will hide what they are going through because they’re afraid of the responses they will receive like hurtful advice, disbelief, or a lack of empathy.
That’s why opportunities to come together with like-minded people with similar experiences of IBD are vital. While CCA continues to increase awareness of Crohn’s and colitis in the broader community. Youth Empowerment Programs (YEP!), Kid’s Fun Day, Camp Fearless and Young Adult Support (YAS) are important and highly valued by people with IBD in their lives.
“I really struggled all my teen years and isolated myself from a lot of people. I just wanted to meet other kids and hear their stories about IBD. Just knowing that I wasn’t alone, that there were other kids out there just like me, really would have been a big help.”
Please donate to support children with IBD
In 2024, with your support, young people like Magnolia will get the chance to meet kids who know just what they’re going through. Kids for whom their “secrets” aren’t secrets. Kids they can talk to without judgment or shame.
A donation of any size will help us to run:
- camps for kids aged 12-17.
- fun days for kids of all ages, featuring activities like an amazing race, acrobatics, tree-top climbs and escape rooms.
- events where teenagers come together and participate in activities designed to foster communication, teamwork, decision-making and relationship-building.
“The best part of CCA’s Youth Empowerment Program was hearing that I am not alone, talking about experiences with others, finding out ways to manage it through life.”
CCA Youth program attendee
If you prefer, you can call CCA on 1800 138 029 to make a donation or for more information on regular giving to support CCA’s work and the Crohn’s and colitis community.
Your donation will support our vital children’s and young people programs including:
|Supports the Youth Empowerment Programs (YEP!)||Supports the Kids Fun Day||Can help send a teen to Youth Empowerment Programs (YEP!) One day workshop.||Provides programs to empower children and teens to live fearlessly with IBD|
“I really struggled all my teen years and isolated myself from a lot of people. I just wanted to meet other kids and hear their stories about IBD. Just knowing that I wasn’t alone, that there were other kids out there just like me, really would have been a big help.”.