Gluten-Free Living and the Celiac Disease Foundation 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. Below, meet 16-year-old Daniela Abbo of Florida, who raises money for celiac disease research with her cookbook and by organizing events in her community.
Celiac Disease Foundation Student Ambassador
When I was 9 years old, I started suffering from sharp stomach pains and after a lot of tests, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Since I was diagnosed, plenty of things have changed in my life. I have to plan meals in advance, be very responsible about what I eat and practice self-control almost every day.
Although it’s hard to constantly search for new options to eat, it has helped me develop resilience. I turned my difficulty into action, and instead of being sad about this situation, I wanted to help other teens going through the same challenges; that’s when I decided to become a CDF Student Ambassador.
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 want others to be inspired to read my story, cook some recipes, and realize that gluten-free living can be accomplished without feeling deprived. In fact, one of my favorite Celicious recipes to bake at home are my special chocolate chip cookies!
In addition to the book sales, I recently organized a fundraiser, ‘The Celiac Cycle,” a spin-a-thon at a local studio. All the funds raised at the event were also donated directly to the Celiac Disease Foundation.
On my Instagram, @celicious.gf, I post tips, recipes and upcoming events to raise awareness about the condition and help celiacs outside of my community. When I’m not working as Student Ambassador, I am working on new graphics for the school newspaper.