In March 2020, with gyms shut down, activities cancelled, the dog park closed and having to work from home I started taking Hiccup for regular walks around the neighbourhood or on a hiking trail to get outside and to do something. With the exception of Hiccup pulling me constantly I've actually enjoyed it and it is something I can do to socially distance with friends. Using the run keeper app I logged just over 450km last year. With Covid still a huge presence for 2021 I have decided I want to challenge myself and Hiccup and walk, jog, run or hike 700 km this year.
In order to keep myself accountable I want to raise $1 for each kilometer I walk this year for the Canadian Celiac Association.
About 18 months ago after telling my doctor he needed to help figure out why I kept breaking my ankles I ended up being diagnosed with Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the small intestine if the person ingests even small quantities of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. They say celiac disease affects 1% of the population. I am what they call a silent celiac as I don't have the typical gastrointestinal symptoms that are associated with celiac disease and was only diagnosed because I advocated for myself. My sister was diagnosed almost 15 years ago and since my diagnosis I found out that many friends and acquaintances all have this life changing disease.
Celiacs are more prone to certain cancers, can have severe vitamin deficiencies, are more likely to also be lactose intolerant and are likely to develop other auto immune conditions. Right now there is no cure for Celiac disease, the only treatment available is a STRICT gluten free diet. This diet is life changing, restrictive and EXPENSIVE. If a celiac follows the gluten free diet we are able to lead a normal life, however social situations and eating outside the home are anxiety inducing due to the risks of cross contamination, because lets face it, wheat is everywhere.
I want to raise money for the Canadian Celiac Association so they can continue to help provide funding for research efforts to eventually one day find a cure.
Please help support my 700 km journey.