2015 Stories of Hope

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For the celiac disease community, the greatest gift of all this season is to assure full recognition of celiac disease by the medical community with rapid diagnosis and treatment for the 2.5 million Americans still undiagnosed. CDF provides hope and help to people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and their loved ones. By investing in CDF, your donations, no matter the gift size, are being put to work now. View our Annual Report to see how CDF puts your dollars to work.

adrien benderAdrienne Bender: After it all sank in, I cried for my Alex. By age three, our beautiful Alex wasn’t growing as he should. His doctor recommended a blood test for celiac disease. How could a child who always ate pasta and pizza have celiac disease and we, his parents, be so oblivious to it? Read more. Donate now.


elliott-taft-headshotElliott Taft: I have been involved with Celiac Disease Foundation for more than 25 years. I don’t have the disease. To the best of my knowledge, no one in my family has the disease. I became involved when I heard this statement from a friend of mine about his little girl: “Nobody knew what was wrong with her.” It was incredible to me then that a little girl was at the point of death after dozens of visits to doctors because none had thought to test her for celiac disease. Read more. Donate now.


Talia HassidTalia Hassid: At 21 years old, I was preparing to graduate from college, planning for graduate school, and had a great boyfriend. I was happy and healthy. One year later, I had lost a devastating 70 pounds, I was near death, and in and out of the hospital on a weekly basis. Read more. Donate now.


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Julian was diagnosed eight years ago. He suffered needlessly as they visited doctor after doctor before one finally ordered the test and he was diagnosed. Julien and his Mom support Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) and the Gift of Hope campaign because they know what they went through together. Read more. Donate now.