May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month
How strong is a mother’s innate need to feed her children. Now the celiac community needs to reach out to help feed less fortunate children and families. Since Mother’s Day falls in May and May is celiac disease awareness month, NOW is the perfect time to help families in need by donating to the Gluten-Free Food Bank.
Are you interested in supporting research in the field of celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Here is a fantastic opportunity to help finance the internship program at the Celiac Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Learn more about these two opportunities below.
Thank you in advance for your generosity,
Support the GF Food Bank
This Mothers' Day we are asking you to think of mothers (& fathers & grandparents) who are struggling to provide for children who need to eat gluten-free. To think of parents who are skipping out on the food they need to stay healthy because of the financial strain it puts on their family.
Access to gluten-free food staples can help people keep to the gluten-free diet that is essential to their health. Please consider making a donation to the Gluten-Free Food Bank so that we can continue to:
- Work with food assistance organizations to raise awareness of the need for gluten-free food assistance and how to provide it.
- Provide educational resources on how to eat gluten-free on a budget.
- Within Eastern Massachusetts, work with partner food pantries to distribute gluten-free staples.
Support Celiac Research
The National Celiac Association has supported Harvard University student Emma Clerx for a summer internship under Daniel Leffler, MD, MS at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the past two years.
In the summer of 2016, Emma worked on a project looking at the role of quantitative histology (careful measurement of the size of the villi and crypts) in evaluation of patients with celiac disease and ongoing symptoms.
Last summer, Emma shadowed at celiac GI clinic visits and nutrition counseling appointments and created a timeline for the acquisition of self-management skills necessary for celiac disease management and gluten-free diet adherence.
Please consider making a donation to the Intern Scholarship Fund to:
- Support this important stage in Emma’s goal to become a celiac research scientist.
- Help cover Emma’s room and board so that she can stay in Boston and work at BIDMC this summer.
- Pave the way for celiac scientists in the future.