Celiac Support Association

Never underestimate the power of one person to change the world for the better. 
The Celiac Support Association (formerly Celiac Sprue Association) was started in 1978 by one person, Pat Murphy Garst. She contacted those who had purchased the gluten-free cookbook that she wrote. The first meeting only has 12 people. Nine month later, there were support groups in 23 different states. Today membership is worldwide. 

Support groups provide a very real resource to those who are newly diagnosed. Many times doctors and dietitians are not knowledgeable about the true dietary needs of someone with Celiac Disease. Celiac Support Association's (CSA) network of support groups across the country allows small groups to work together to have an even larger impact in the world of Celiac Disease care and research. The main office provides new patient consultation via phone and email. They also offer a New Patient Packet, free of charge. They frequently publish e-cookbooks, free for download. You can still download the Back to School e-book from this past fall. CSA also has a recognition seal program, placing its logo on products that independently test below 5 ppm.  

In honor of Celiac Disease Awareness month, CSA is giving away a one-year membership to one lucky winner. Membership includes delivery of their quarterly newsletter, Lifeline. Lifeline contains new medical information, a plethora of gluten-free recipes and much, much more. Enter by commenting about ways a local Celiac support group could benefit you, and earn extra entries through the Rafflecopter app. Click to find the chapter closest to you. 

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