My name is Riley. I am a patient at Children's Hospital Colorado, and I am treated for multiple conditions, including Lupus and Celiac Disease. I am virtually riding for the 2021 Courage Classic to donate proceeds to the Children's Hospital Center for Celiac Disease. For those who do not know, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2016. Celiac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease in which my body creates antibodies against itself when I consume even the slightest amount of a protein in gluten. There is no cure for Celiac, and the only treatment is a strict, life long gluten free diet. If the diet is not adhered to, there can be severe complications including infertility, malnutrition, osteoporosis, and even cancer. While my family has been fortunate enough to be able to afford the cost of a gluten free diet, there are many families who are not so lucky. Due to the unavailability of gluten free foods in food banks as well the costs associated with seeing a dietician for education on the gluten free diet, many families in Colorado go without access to crucial treatment. I am hoping to raise at least 100 dollars in order to fulfill our mission of getting gluten free foods in food banks across Colorado and providing dieticians at no cost to families who cannot afford these services.