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Many of you don’t know yet that I have two daughters with Celiac sprue, some of you simply know they have a restricted diet. No one living with a ‘normal’ diet can fully appreciate what it means to a child to be on this diet. It means carrying a small ice chest to have a sleep over, short playdates to avoid meal time and/or explaining how you are different, standing back saying, “No thanks, I really don’t want one” while everyone else eats a cupcake or cookie in class, bringing a lunch to school EVERY day- even in high school, going hungry because there isn’t anything on the menu or in the cupboard. It also means checking with the pharmacist before you can take the antibiotic that you need to start ASAP, reading the label on everything you ever eat, every time you eat it because recipes on commercial food change. It means more days out of school because you slipped up and got sick from something you ate. It means a significantly higher likelihood of secondary autoimmune disorder/disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction and diabetes to name a few. Life offers kids enough challenges without making them feel segregated by illness or physical differences. I try to point out children who have to change every aspect of their life due to serious disability so that my girls will appreciate the freedoms and normalcy that Celiac Sprue has left them. Still there have been some really hard times in their lives and a lot of tears shed. I hope that you will help to support a really important non profit group which helps kids like mine find their place among their peers. The Taylor Family Foundation’s provides a camp experience tailored to the individual needs for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and/or chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities.
I was able to send my daughters to camp this past summer for a week without having to think even once about food or social issues. This camp also provides to children with HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, preschool burn survivors, severe asthmatics, Hemophiliacs and many more. I am hoping my friends will make a donation or pass the information on to those who can donate or may have a child in mind who would benefit like mine. By the way it only cost me $25 dollars for each girl. Sponsors make it possible for any child , rich or poor, to afford to go to camp.
To donate follow this link http://www.ttff.org/ways-to-help.html
Here’s a little about the upcoming “celiac session” cut and paste from the camp web page.
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Celiac Camp in California!
At 138 acre Camp Arroyo for its fifth year, Camp Celiac’s campers, counselors, and volunteers eat delicious gluten-free food and do camp activities such as a ropes course, rock climbing, zip line, boating, swimming, and outdoor sports. Three meals a day without having to ask if any of the foods are gluten-free is life-changing for many campers and staff! Please consider a donation to The Taylor Family Foundation and to Camp Celiac! Donations to Camp Celiac cover many items specifically for Camp Celiac, such as crafts, medical supplies, DJ, additional activities, our camp program’s general and medical insurance, etc. Donations to The Taylor Family Foundation cover the substantial food, maintenance, and activity costs for all of the camps at Camp Arroyo (www.ttff.org).  Camp Celiac Donations can be made on this web site or by check.
Musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian, Michael Franti, will be performing at The Taylor Family Foundation’s (TTFF) 27th annual Day in the Park auction fundraiser Sunday, August 27th at Camp Arroyo.
Join TTFF in celebration at its annual Day in the Park auction scheduled for Sunday, August 27th at Camp Arroyo in Livermore. Proceeds from the auction support The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. The event will include noted celebrities, including local news personalities ABC7/KGO TV’s Cheryl Jennings and Mike Nicco. Doug McConnell will be on hand along with radio personalities Jim Hampton from KKIQ/KKDV, Sue Hall of 96.5 KOIT and the Entercom San Francisco Radio Stations and KCBS Food & Wine Editor, Narsai David.
This year’s auction fundraiser includes gourmet food and wine from some of the Bay Area’s top restaurants and the finest Northern Californian wineries. Priceless and rare live auction items include private chef dinners and sports packages, private air accommodations to red carpet events, luxurious vacations and other glamorous packages.
Individual tickets are $200 and tables of 10 are $2,500 for General, $3,000 for Preferred, and $3,500 for VIP.



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