I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was 10 years old. Up until that point, my days consisted of frequent headaches, delayed growth, and extreme worry on my parents part.
This is why our team, the Wheatless Warriors, is important to me. I wish to raise money for children with celiac disease who perhaps can't afford to pay out of pocket for a nutritionist, or a psychologist post-diagnosis. Some children don't even have access to gluten-free foods, as food banks don't offer options that are safe for them to eat. Some families already are plagued with food insecurity, and celiac just adds another layer to a complicated list of problems threatening their very survival.
The Courage Classic is a way to show solidarity for children and families who have to deal with the emotional and physical difficulties that come along with celiac disease, and I couldn't be happier to join in on an annual tradition that will support positive outcomes and healthier futures for children.