Elliott Taft

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As you consider your charitable donations for Giving Tuesday, please consider the following: 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. To learn how she came to be diagnosed, I urge you to watch my video.

Here I am 25 years later, and I still hear this same phrase – “Nobody knew what was wrong with her” – again and again from parents, from spouses, from friends. As stunning, the prevalence of celiac disease is doubling in the population every 15 years, so the possibility of individuals going undiagnosed may be increasing faster than our capacity to educate healthcare providers and the public. Clearly, we have work to do. And that is why I am pleased, along with my fellow Board members on this Giving Tuesday, to MATCH your year-end, tax-deductible contribution to CDF’s Gift of Hope $100,000 Challenge.

Please, make your gift today. Give $50 and my fellow Board members and I will add $25. Give $100 and we will add $50. We need this money today to make a difference in the lives of celiac disease patients tomorrow. Please give generously.

Elliott Taft

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