Celiac Disease Foundation’s Student Ambassadors
Gluten-Free Living magazine and the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) have a shared vision: to promote the advancement of celiac disease research and spotlight celiac and gluten-free champions in our community. With this vision in mind, Gluten-Free Living is proud to introduce passionate and dedicated CDF Student Ambassadors from across the U.S.
These Student Ambassadors empower children, teens and young adults to explore their passions and find their voice to educate their peers about living with gluten-related disorders and the importance of getting tested for celiac disease. In addition to these critical missions, the Student Ambassadors raise funds to support research initiatives, which accelerate the search for better treatments and a cure for celiac disease.
Meet five of CDF’s impressive and dedicated Student Ambassadors. Click on a student’s name to read their full story!
“What I like about being gluten free is that when you and family or friends are at a place that there’s food (not gluten free) I bring a snack. I always pack something that I have tried and that I like. Some people do not like the food that is served. So, I’m very happy to have celiac disease.”
“In order to advocate for this cause, I have created and continue selling a gluten-free cookbook named, Celicious. Each book sells for $20 and all the proceeds are donated directly to the Celiac Disease Foundation. The book was created using InDesign and Illustrator Adobe programs and is composed of easy and satisfying dessert recipes.”
“I must express from my heart that celiac disease isn’t just about food. It has played a huge role in shaping my thoughts, personality and even my ambitions into who I am today. This is exactly why being a dedicated CDF Student Ambassador has such great meaning to me. It provides an opportunity to show other children the importance of giving back while supporting an incredible foundation.”
“I am dedicated and determined to support research that will help raise funds in hopes of finding a cure for celiac disease. My hope for the future is that no one will worry about accidentally ingesting gluten or the detrimental causes it could create, but rather enjoy what we once couldn’t be able to eat.”
“Sometimes it can feel a little weird not being able to share food with my friends and sometimes I get sad when I’m offered sweet treats I can’t eat. I’ve learned that these feelings are all normal and I reach out for support when I am feeling blue. I’m still learning to look at the bright side!”