ORGANIZER: CELIAC DISEASE CENTER
My wife, Monica, and I are running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on November 5 to help fund ongoing research at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.Our oldest son, Will, ranked in the 0-5th %-ile in height and weight when he was born through his toddler years. We were never that concerned since we are not very big; Monica's father from India was 5'4" and 125 lbs.; and Will had a seemingly healthy appetite with pasta and cinnamon rolls among his favorites. When Will turned 7, our astute pediatrician sensed his failure to thrive and thought he was a candidate for HGH. She sent us to the Children's Hospital at U. Penn. to see an endocrinologist. After a battery of blood tests, Will was diagnosed with celiac disease. Immediately, we began removing gluten from Will's diet, but we had no idea of the precision involved in living a gluten-free life until we visited a dietician at The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Meeting with Anne Lee changed the way we operate in our kitchen at home, the way we dine out, and the way we instill good gluten-free habits in our son, Will, so that he will practice them throughout his life.I have worked in the healthcare industry for the past several years, and I currently work for a biotech company that focuses on ultra-rare diseases. I have witnessed the power of medical research to impact and change people's lives. It is my hope that one day the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University will find a cure for celiac disease.