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Marilyn’s Message May 2014

Marilyn Geller

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  It is the month where we make an extra effort to let those outside our community know the statistics:  1 in 100 people worldwide have celiac disease; only 17% of people with celiac disease are diagnosed in the United States; 6-10 years is the average time to diagnosis in […]

Marilyn’s Message March 2014

Marilyn Geller

Spring is traditionally a time of rebirth and renewal.  As the season changes, so is Celiac Disease Foundation. Now that the FDA has recognized the need for gluten-free labeling rules and the gluten-free market is so plentiful, CDF is deploying our resources to address the nation’s abysmal diagnosis rate for celiac disease.  With a focus […]

Marilyn’s Message February 2014

Marilyn Geller

With your support, Celiac Disease Foundation had an impactful 2013, making enormous strides in celiac disease, education, advocacy, awareness and research. This year, we’re adding community fundraising to our arsenal with the new and improved Team Gluten-Free. With new tools and resources, participants can easily raise funds in support of our mission. Community fundraising is […]

Marilyn’s Message December 2013

Marilyn Geller

Since inception in 1990, Celiac Disease Foundation has been at the forefront of celiac disease research and education. From sponsoring the first serology workshop that led to today’s celiac disease blood test, advocating on Capitol Hill for gluten-free labeling laws, partnering with mainstream manufacturers in creating today’s gluten-free marketplace, to launching a nationwide support network, […]

September 2013

Marilyn Geller

Dear CDF Friends and Supporters, A number of our committed supporters have asked me why Celiac Disease Foundation applauds the FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule. As you well know, all FDA-regulated foods including dietary supplements bearing the claim “gluten-free” must contain less than 20 ppm [parts per million] of gluten. Health policy at Celiac Disease Foundation […]

February 2013

It is said that a man is at his tallest when he stoops to help a child. On behalf of the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) and the community we serve, thank you for the generous response to our Gift of Hope campaign. CDF is proud of our commitment to educate and communicate a greater awareness of […]

December 2012

It is said…Once you choose hope, anything is possible. “Celiac. Diagnosed May 2008.” Dear CDF Supporters, I cried when I read this banner on my son Henry’s Facebook page. After 14 long years of excruciating stomachaches, endless doctor visits, tests, procedures, more tests and even hospitalizations… my son had a diagnosis. He was relieved — […]

November 2012

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. This past weekend the executive teams of the nation’s leading celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity organizations (CDF, CSA, GIG, NFCA, ACDA) met in Chicago to define a collaborative effort to support our shared missions of education, awareness and advocacy. […]

October 2012


It is said that a helping hand is no farther than at the end of your sleeve. For our five ING New York Marathon CDF Team Gluten-Free™ members, their helping feet are no farther than at the end of their running pants. Ashley Herriman, Tinsley Malloy, Josh Schieffer, Kim Woody and Kelly Williamson have committed to raising […]

September 24, 2012

Dear Members: It is now five months since Deborah Ceizler and I accepted the Board of Directors’ request to join together to lead Celiac Disease Foundation. It has been an inspiring and exciting time, and we thank all of you for your enthusiastic support. We are eager to share some of the steps we have […]