TV magician Dynamo is backing a local charity’s appeal for people to “get gutsy” and raise cash to find a cure for Crohn’s disease.
The famous illusionist, who himself suffers from the serious bowel condition, praises the work of Cure Crohn’s Colitis (C3) in a special video on youtube.
To find out more about C3 or to donate, visit www.curecrohnscolitis.org
Supporters are being invited to run, cycle or walk to help victims of both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which mainly affect children and young people.
C3 is embarking on a four-year £475,000 research project to find the environmental factors which trigger the two devastating inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
Scotland has one of the highest rates of IBD in the world. In young people, the incidence has doubled every 10 years for the past four decades.
It is a devastating and life-long condition causing severe abdominal pain, sickness, extreme fatigue and diarrhea.
C3, founded by Glasgow businessman Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE, who suffers from ulcerative colitis, has secured a £225,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office for the research.
The charity has donated £125,000 from its own funds and fellow charity Crohn’s and Colitis in Childhood, based in London, has given another £125,000.
Researchers hope the study, called PREdiCCT, will help determine if environmental factors, especially diet, and gut bacteria play a part in developing the condition and influence the severity of the disease.
The project will involve 1500 IBD patients currently in remission. If the research is successful, it will help scientists to design better treatments.
One of the co-investigators in the research team is Glasgow consultant gastroenterologist Dr Daniel Gaya, who is on the board of trustees at C3.
Dr Gaya said: “IBD is a common cause of chronic ill-health among young people in Scotland which has one of the highest incidences of it in the world. An estimated 1 in 200 adults and 1 in 2000 children will develop the disease.
“Understanding who gets severe, progressive disease and why, is an urgent research priority. Accurate prediction of these patients will enable precise, tailored intervention early in the disease course.”
Dynamo said: “It’s a fantastic charity. I have suffered from Crohn’s disease for 15 years now and a cure is desperately needed.
“This research is providing real hope of new treatments. Please give any donation you can to this great charity.
To donate or find out more about C3, visit www.curecrohnscolitis.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 307 7777.