Adrienne Bender

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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?

I cried for the struggles he would face, the birthday parties, the constant worry about what he eats, and the feelings of being different. I cried because it was possible, at three years old, that Alex had never known what it meant to really feel good.

This is why we are enthusiastic supporters of Celiac Disease Foundation’s 2015 Gift of Hope $100,000 Challenge, and urge you to join us now with a gift of $100 or any amount you can afford. We love the fact that our tax-deductible donation will be matched, increasing its impact. We love the fact that our gift will go to support the work of CDF to increase diagnosis, and to spur research for therapeutic treatments and a cure for celiac disease.

Most of all, we support the Gift of Hope $100,000 Challenge because we love our Alex. At nearly seven years old, while Alex still has some complications from celiac disease, he continues to do remarkably well, and he loves to teach his friends about eating gluten-free.

We know that not everyone is as lucky as Alex to be diagnosed so young. And, because Alex’s celiac disease is not completely resolved, we pray that one day there will be a cure. Please join us and make your tax-deductible Gift of Hope today.


Adrienne Bender

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