Canadian Celiac Association (CCA)
About the Association
The Canadian Celiac Association (Vancouver Chapter) is a non-profit charity that supports people with celiac disease, and people who are affected by gluten and other gluten-related conditions. The organization, founded in 1972, provides resources for gluten-free food, supports research, and encourages support within the celiac community. In the past, they have helped fund research at University of Calgary, and made donations to the JA Campbell Research fund, among others.
Celiac disease (CD) is a common disorder that is estimated to affect about one percent of the population. It is a condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a group of proteins present in wheat, rye and barley and their cross bred grains. The damage to the intestine can lead to a variety of symptoms and result in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. – CCA Website
May: Celiac Awareness Month
Throughout May, the CCA has been raising awareness about celiac disease. Their the Many Faces of Celiac Disease campaign raises awareness about people affected by the disease on social media and encourages people to share their stories. Likewise, the association is also raising awareness about the less obvious symptoms of celiac disease. Their hashtag is #GoBeyondTheGut, and more information about the disease is available on their infographic.
June: Scotia Charity Run
In June, the organization is hosting their big fundraiser at the Scotia Charity Run. Each year, the Scotia Charity Run raises money for organizations and charities. The run takes place Sunday June 24th in Stanley Park. Both the Half-Marathon and 5k Marathon helps fund charitable organizations like the CCA. Every year, it has been a fun activity to participate in with family, friends, and colleagues. With the gorgeous weather incoming in Vancouver, BC., the run is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday.
Information about the CCA’s fundraiser: link
Information about the Scotia Charity Run (the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K): link
Canadian Celiac Association (Vancouver) Facebook: @vancouverceliac
Canadian Celiac Association Twitter: @CCAceliac
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