What is Team Gluten-Free™?
CDF Team Gluten-Free™ is a fundraising program that provides a simple way for athletes and non-athletes alike to raise awareness and funds for celiac disease and non-celiac disease gluten sensitivity. Fundraising efforts may include any event from marathons to triathlons, or even bar mitzvahs, wedding favors and virtual fundraisers! The money raised by CDF Team Gluten-Free™ participants goes directly towards summer camp scholarships for children on the gluten-free diet as well as celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity research, support and awareness programs. CDF Team Gluten-Free™ is a fundraising arm of the Celiac Disease Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, public benefit corporation.
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Kimberly Woody running the Soldier Marathon at Fort Benning the week after NYC Marathon.
What is celiac disease?
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.
Become a Team Gluten-Free™ Member!
Team Gluten-Free™ members receive:
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete a personal goal and, at the same time, support celiac disease research and awareness programs and send celiac children to camp.
Team Gluten-Free™ Sponsors
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For more information about celiac disease contact the Celiac Disease Foundation
at 818-716-1513 or visit the website at www.celiac.org