Peter Bronski. Have you heard the name before? Peter is a fellow Celiac and an amazing athlete. He will be participating in a 50-mile ultra marathon next weekend – September 25, 2011. Not only does this race cover 50 miles, but those 50 miles have 10,000 feet of vertical gain. Having run a marathon (26.2 miles that were relatively flat) previously, I can only imagine the endurance & stamina that will be needed to accomplish this amazing feat. Read on to learn more about Peter:
For the second year in a row, I’m testing myself against the Virgil Crest 50-Mile Ultra. It’s an ultramarathon-distance trail running race that covers 50 miles with 10,000 feet of vertical gain. That’s roughly the equivalent of running back-to-back marathons, off-road, while climbing to the top of the Empire State Building 8 times.
Why am I doing this again? Simple: to support the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
In January 2007 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated 3 millions Americans (about 1% of the US population). For me, it was a life-changing diagnosis. After several years of growing sicker with worsening symptoms, I was switched to a lifelong gluten-free diet, currently the only treatment for celiac disease. The improvement in my health was nothing short of remarkable.
Unfortunately, many people with celiac disease and other gluten-related conditions (including gluten intolerance and wheat allergy) haven’t had that same success story. They are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, and as a result, they face a spectrum of serious potential health complications – malnutrition, fatigue, diarrhea, osteoporosis, heightened risk for certain cancers, and in extreme cases, even death.
That’s why the NFCA is so important. The organization’s work for the gluten-free community, including outreach to medical care providers and restaurants, raises awareness, increases rates of diagnosis, and ultimately improves – and saves – lives.
Please help me support this great organization and worthy cause. Maybe you’re gluten-free. Maybe you know someone who is – a family member, friend, or coworker. Together, we can make a difference. Thank you!
I am sure you have seen me reference the NFCA more than once before. You can read more about what the NFCA does here. Not only do they have all kinds of information & resources on their site, but they offer free webinars throughout the year that can also be viewed in the archives should you not be able to make one that is scheduled. One of my favorite pages on their site is their “symptoms checklist”.
I know that times are tough with the economy the way it is, so even if you can’t donate monetarily, please help spread the word! Every donation counts, just as every time someone passes this along does.