GlutenFreeTravelSite donating 5% of merchandise sales to National Foundation for Celiac Awareness during May
In honor of Celiac Awareness Month in May, our sister website, GlutenFreeTravelSite, will be donating 5% of merchandise proceeds to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). And there's no better -- or more fun -- way to build awareness of this increasingly common autoimmune disease than to proclaim "These Buns Are Gluten Free" on a pair of cute shorts, comfy sweatpants, or a T-shirt.
The shorts, sweatpants, and T-shirts are offered by GlutenFreeTravel-Site to boost awareness of Celiac Disease, which affects almost 1% of the population...but which is under-diagnosed to the point that only about 5% of those people that have it have been correctly diagnosed! In addition, a study conducted by Dr. Alessio Fasano of the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research recently estimated that approximately 6% of the U.S. poplulation suffers from gluten-sensitvity, distinct from Celiac Disease but also necessitating a gluten-free diet.
GlutenFreeTravelSite is proud to partner with the NFCA in this -- and other -- efforts to raise awareness of Celiac Disease and serve the gluten-free community. Throughout the month of May, NFCA is featuring a different Gluten-Free Blogger each day (stay tuned for a link to my profile and Top 3 blog posts later this month.) Founded to raise awareness among the general public and healthcare communities -- and to facilitate research to better understand the causes, mechanisms, and treatment of Celiac Disease -- NFCA is always involved in exciting and worthwhile endeavors.
In addition to the many incredibly helpful programs already detailed on their website, NFCA just launched a new section of their site, Kids Central, which will help parents of Celiac kids -- and the kids themselves -- stay on the right track. This is still a work in progress, so be sure to visit their page and give them feedback on what you'd like to see them cover.
So, the question is: How can you help this great organization continue its life-changing work? You can make a donation in honor of Celiac Awareness Month. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of diagnosed Celiacs -- and those that have been suffering but have yet to be diagnosed. For those of you in the Northeast, you can give to NFCA in another way. Mark your calendar for an exciting event...the "Catwalk for Celiac" gluten-free dinner and fashion show, to be held on May 19 in Wood-Ridge, NJ. There will be a DJ, raffles, prizes, and more! All proceeds will be donated to NFCA, and it promised to be tons of fun!