Welcome to my fundraising page! Celiac Disease is something that I am surrounded by every single day. My immeidate and extended family are all affected by this autoimmune disease, so this cause is very important to me.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009, when I was 18 years old. I was in the middle of eating a crunchwrap supreme from taco bell when I found out the news. A year or so before I was diagnosed, I lost about 10 lbs because I was so malnourished. I also had unexplained headaches daily as a kid. As the case with most Celiacs, this disease was with me long before I was diagnosed.
Even after being diagnosed, I have experienced issues and complications. When I was training for my first marathon in 2013 I had problems with heat exhaustion and lack of energy, which I believe was due to my anemia. This disease stays with a person for life and can have a serious impact, whether you have been diagnosed or not. It is important to me to be able to spread awareness about Celiac Disease. Most Americans who are affected by it are still undiagnosed.
I really appreciate any donation! This cause is close to my heart and affects so many people I love. Thank you for hearing my story - spread the word!!! #findusacure #TGF #CDF.
CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION wrote:
Team Gluten-Free runners from across the country will unite in New York to run the 26.2 miles with one common goal: to drive diagnosis, treatment, and a cure for the three million Americans affected by celiac disease.
Team Gluten-Free is a community fundraising program that provides a simple way for athletes and non-athletes alike to raise awareness and funds for Celiac Disease Foundation’s programs for advocacy, education and advancing research. Join today!