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Making Tracks For Celiacs
August 18, 2012
By Wendy Hayworth
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
On Saturday, September 29th, Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64129, will host the first ever walk in Kansas City to raise awareness and funds for victims of Celiac. The event will take place in Parking Lot C with parking in Parking Lot D.
Celiac is a hereditary disease in which the small intestine is unable to absorb vital nutrients and vitamins due to damage in the lining. The damage is an allergic reaction to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye products.
It is estimated that as many as one in every 133 people have Celiac Disease. However, only one in 4,700 people are properly diagnosed.
There is no known cure.
Funds earned from this walk will go to the Center of Celiac Research of the University of Maryland.
While the walk isn’t until late September, hopefully participants are encouraged to register by September 1.
The cost is $15 for children under 13 and $25 for participants aged 13 and up. Children five years and younger are free. Registered participants will also receive a performance T-shirt.
If registering after September 2, participants will need to pay $20 for children under 13 and $30 for ages 13 and up. Children under five are still free. Late registration will not guarantee participants a shirt.
Check-in for this event begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m. There will be vendors, a kids corner, and awards for the most money raised.
Dogs, skates, scooters, and bicycles are not allowed on the course for safety reasons. Baby strollers and children’s wagons are fine, though.
Companies are welcome to donate gluten-free products for sampling. To do so, contact Maria Srader at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 816 525 2712.
Visit www.celiacwalk.org for more information.