Michael Madden via Crowdrise
September 22, 2011
BENEFITING: CELIAC DISEASE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
As parents, my wife and I have strived to give our kids strong "roots" and resilient "wings" in order to provide them with the tools to enjoy life, be kind to others, and make a positive impact in the world. Several years ago, we realized that each of our three children had been impacted by us in a different way...they each were diagnosed with a genetic autoimmune disorder called Celiac Disease. Due to my wife's intuition and perseverance, we identified the condition early enough to treat our three vibrant teenage children - two of which have Celiac Disease and one who is gluten intolerant. My participation in the New York City Marathon has given me a chance to contribute to my children and others who suffer from Celiac Disease. There is a need for more research about Celiac Disease and how to raise awareness for testing to assist others. We need your assistance in contributing to Team Gluten Freedom for Celiac Disease Research & Awareness! THANKS.
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting 1 in 133 Americans. People with Celiac disease are unable to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If gluten is consumed, the small intestinal villi are damaged, preventing the absorption of many important nutrients, causing a variety of health problems. Strict adherence to a gluten-free diet will allow the intestinal lining to heal, and most patients can live a normal and healthy life. However, this can be a difficult task as there are many hidden sources of gluten in processed foods. Gluten is found in all forms of wheat including durum, semolina, spelt and related grain hybrids such as triticale and kamut.
The long-term effect of untreated Celiac disease can be life-threatening. Patients have a greater risk of developing other conditions including Addison's disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Alopecia Areata, Graves' disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1), myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, and thyroid disease. Adhering to the gluten-free diet is necessary to avoid these complications. Patients must avoid all products containing wheat, barley and rye and their derivatives. There is not yet a pharmaceutical cure for Celiac disease.
Fortunately, you can ask your doctor for a simple blood test to see if you have Celiac disease.