In 1994 I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which led me to create Celiac.com in 1995. I created this site for a single purpose: To help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives. Celiac.com was the first site on the Internet dedicated solely to celiac disease, and since then it has become an invaluable resource to people worldwide who seek information about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.
In 1998 I created The Gluten-Free Mall, Your Special Diet Superstore! which was also another Internet first—it was the first gluten-free food site to offer a shopping cart-style interface, and the ability for people to order gluten-free products manufactured by many different companies at a single Web site.
I am also co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of Journal of Gluten Sensitivity.
The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, also known as GIG, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by private donations including the Combined Federal Campaign, United Way Designated Giving, Employer Matching Funds; proceeds from memberships, the sale of products and our educational resources. We rely on your contributions, which are tax deductible. 85% or more of our revenue is used to support our programs.
GIG is at the forefront of innovative action and is respected globally as a powerful leader in the celiac community. GIGs volunteers, staff, and Board are knowledgeable and our materials and resources are credible.
Our Mission is to provide support to persons with gluten intolerances, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, in order to live healthy lives.
GIG Branches help to fulfill GIGs mission on a local and regional level through programs tailored to their community.
The vision of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America is one of mutual support, acceptance, and respect for all persons living with gluten intolerances and working with this community. GIG envisions a united gluten intolerant community in which all persons feel they are healthy, are positively nurtured to live life to the fullest, and are involved and contributing citizens.
GIG PROGRAMS FULFILLING THE MISSION
GIG fulfills its mission of supporting persons living with gluten intolerances through programs directed to consumers, health professionals and the public. GIGR programs provide:
GIG is dedicated to providing accurate, scientific, evidence-based information.
Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD, Executive
31214 - 124 Ave SE
Auburn WA 98092
Web sites: www.gluten.net; www.GFCO.org; www.GlutenFreeRestaurants.org