Team Celiac Runners

Chris Brewer

I’m participating in the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of Team Celiac to raise as much money as I can to help fund the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University’s ongoing research program!

Please join me in support of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Our journey with Celiac Disease began three years ago when our oldest daughter, Emory now 11, was diagnosed.  It was a life changing event.  Initially we were relieved as we finally had a diagnosis and explanation for Emory’s myriad of issues we had battled for years.  However, we had no idea how to navigate our family’s new world, and no appreciation for how much it would affect our lives and the challenges ahead.

We live in Florida, and after several years of languishing with local doctors trying to identify her issues, finding the Celiac Disease Center has been a godsend.  Today Emory is thriving as she diligently follows a strict gluten free diet, and continues to receive expert medical care and nutritional guidance at the Celiac Disease Center.  However, not everyone is as lucky as Emory having found a resource like the Celiac Disease Center, and many children and adults continue to suffer significant gastrointestinal symptoms and other medical issues related to Celiac Disease despite following a gluten free diet.  There currently is no cure for Celiac Disease; following a gluten free diet is currently the only medical prognosis and merely stems the symptoms of the disease.

We are so thankful that we were connected to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.  The Celiac Disease Center is one of only a few centers in the United States that provides comprehensive medical care and nutritional counseling for children and adults with Celiac Disease.  The Center is focused on research that will lead to increased diagnosis, treatment, therapies and eventually a cure for the disease, as well as prevention of the disease in the future.  With your help, the Celiac Disease Center can continue its mission in helping patients with Celiac Disease.

Our family hopes that one day there will be a cure, or even the possibility to prevent the onset of Celiac Disease. With your help and the continued dedication of the amazing people associated with the Celiac Disease Center, this will one day will be a reality.  The resources of the Celiac Disease Center have been and continue to be invaluable to our family.  We are so fortunate and grateful to have found the Celiac Disease Center, and we want to support other families in situations similar to ours that they may find the same help. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this effort to bring awareness and raise funds for the Celiac Disease Center.  Thank you for your generosity!

Fundraising Goal: $25.000Fundraising Total: $2.500