Matthew Johnson is the President of M3 Aerial Productions, a UAV service and pilot training ground school in Canada.  He is the co-founder of #Drones4Crohns, along with Jon Kovacs, a commercial airplane and UAV pilot from Winnipeg.

Together, working with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, they have created this campaign to help raise awareness about these awful, debilitating diseases.  Both their families have been affected by these diseases, and as such, they have made it their mission to use our passion for unmanned air vehicles, a.k.a. “drones” to bring this campaign to the center stage.

In January 2017, Matthew and Jon got together to discuss opportunities to use UAV photography as a way to help raise awareness, and ultimately raise donations towards research and treatment programs.  #Drones4Crohns was coined at that first meeting, and since then, they have been working towards a fundraising art expo, showcasing drone photographers, and scenic landscapes from across Canada.

They now accept worldwide contributions for their Art Expo and auction.

“We would want pilot name, aircraft, company (if applicable), date and location to include with the photos so the pilot could be contacted some day by whoever purchases the photos – perhaps for more photos… its a good way for pilots to advertise their works of art!”


1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohns or Colitis.

Canada has among the highest rates of these diseases in the world.

People under the age of 30 are the most frequently diagnosed.

Crohns disease has almost doubled in Canadian children under 10 years of age since 1995.


ABOUT Crohn an Colitis

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract  Signs and symptoms often include abdominal paindiarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), fever, and weight lossOther complications may occur outside the gastrointestinal tract and include anemiaskin rashesarthritisinflammation of the eye, and tirednessThe skin rashes may be due to infections as well as pyoderma gangrenosum or erythema nodosum. Bowel obstruction also commonly occurs and those with the disease are at greater risk of bowel cancer.

Colitis is an inflammation of the colon. Colitis may be acute and self-limited or long-term. It broadly fits into the category of digestive diseases.




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