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Dec 12 2011

Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease

Did you like to drive around & look at Christmas lights when you were a child?  Do you still like to do so now?  I love to drive the kids around and listen to them “ooooh” and “aaaah” at the twinkling lights.  My sister & I used to “ooooh” and “aaaaah” from the backseat (actually the way, way back) of our grandparent’s station wagon as they drove slowly through the neighborhoods so we could see the lights.

Alek Komarnitsky puts on an amazing holiday display to help raise money for Celiac Disease.  Alek decorates his house & yard, sets up a website & webcam and then allows those who visit the site to control the lights.  There are 3 webcams for a live view of over 20,000 Christmas lights!  By visiting the website visitors are able to turn the lights on & off, inflate or deflate the inflatables or send a text message to be displayed via webcam.  More specifics:

Three live webcams and X10 technology allows web surfers to not only view the action, but also *control* 20,000+ lights … plus inflate/deflate the giant 15′ Santa Balloon, Santa on Skis, in a Helicopter, and flying a Plane … along with Elmo, Frosty Family, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson Santa – D’OH!


Alek is raising money for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research because both of his children have Celiac Disease.  So far Alex has raised over $60,000!!  If you would like to donate to help raise even more money, you can do so by visiting this page.  Your donation is tax deductible and goes to the CFCR, which is headed up by world renowned pediatric gastroenterologist,  Dr. Alessio Fasano.

I could spend all day playing with the sparkling lights.  What a creative way to raise money for Celiac Disease!

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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