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I am looking for a support group in southeast Kansas. I am down around Pittsburg, Kansas, also fairly close to Joplin, Missouri. If there are no known groups in my area, how would I go about starting one?


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Here is the info I found for Kansas here on this site:

Click HERE for the link to ALL support groups.


Hays - Resource:

Contact: Debbie Williams

1005 West 28th, #112

Hays, KS 67601

Tel: (913) 625-9114


Hutchinson - Resource:

Contact: Faye Sallee

2509 Lundman Drive

Hutchinson, KS 67502

Tel: (316) 662-6738


Kansas City - Support Group

Contact 1: Helen Richards

Greater Kansas City Celiacs (CSA)

6317 Goodman Drive

Merriam, KS 66202

Tel: (913) 236-9454


Contact 2: Karen & Roger Miller

11714 Hadley

Overland Park, KS 66210

Kansas City - Resource:

Contact: Danelle Sorensen

Olathe, KS

Tel: (913) 397-9284


Leavenworth - Resource:

Contact: Latisha May Thomas

1313 Vilas

Leavenworth, KS 66048

Tel: (913) 682-6678

Manhattan - Support Group

Contact: Rene' Eichem

Manhattan Celiac Support Group

2442 Buttonwood Drive

Manhattan, KS 66502

Tel: (913) 776-6013


Contact 2: Mary Jordan

2513 Nutmeg

Manhattan, KS 66502

Tel: (913) 539-2963


Topeka - Support Group

Contact: Sharon Larson, President

Topeka Celiac Sprue Support Group (CSA)

4310 SE McMahan Ct.

Tecumseh, KS 66542

Tel: (785) 379-0479


Wichita - Support Group

Contact 1: Kay Finn

Wichita Celiacs (CSA)

805 N. Cypress

Wichita, KS 67206

Tel: (316) 686-7034

Contact 2: Marty Weeks

8108 Mockingbird

Wichita, KS 67207

Tel: (316) 684-4017

E -mail:

Contact 3: Faye Sallee




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I checked out those areas, and the closest one is a three hour drive. I need something I can actually get to.


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I am in the same situation as you, each one of those groups is at the very least an hour away from Emporia. I really wish I had a group closer to me, but for now I get my support from online groups. I don't have any other choices right now. Someday I hope to be closer to meetings, so I can attend or just start my own group!! Best wishes.




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Yes I am in the same boat, one of the support groups in my area is also 1 1/2 hour away but I think it will be worth the drive. Good luck to the both of you on finding one or starting one.


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Since it is estimated that 1 in 133 people actually have celiac disease, you'd think there would be a support group in every town of over 5000 people. What a shame the diagnosis rate is not up to par. How many people does that make walking around with celiac disease that are totally unaware they have it? Sad.


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