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    Mrs. United States 2011: Shannon Ford Hopes to Raise Celiac Disease Awareness

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    Caption: Mrs. United States 2011 - Shannon L. Ford

    Celiac.com 10/24/2011 - Shannon Ford, of Miami, Florida has been crowned Mrs. United States 2011. Mrs. Ford received the crown from 2010 winner Rachel Juillerat. The award is particularly noteworthy for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Two years ago, Ford was diagnosed with celiac disease, and she now maintains a gluten-free diet.

    Shannon L. FordContestants for Mrs. United States are judged on personality, charitable commitment, evening gown and swimsuit, a judges’ interview and dramatic final live question.

    In her new role as Mrs. United States, Ford will make appearances across the country, charity events and speaking engagements. By promoting her platform, “1 in 133 – Raising Awareness for Celiac Disease," Ford also hopes to increase celiac disease awareness and to advocate for better labeling of our nation’s food supply.

    Of her new title, Ford says: “Being Mrs. United States is a huge responsibility. I’m excited to get back to Florida and get to work.” She is scheduled to begin make appearances across the nation, with her first stop being a benefit luncheon for the Easter Seals.

    Mrs. Ford earned her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. She currently works as a human resources manager for major wealth management company. She also serves as a Miami Dolphins ambassador, chosen from former Dolphin cheerleaders to represent the organization and advocate community service.

    Ford married her husband Ray after dating him for 15 years. They are both avid runners, and Shannon Ford has competed in numerous half and full marathons.

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    It is a shame that she is only going to promote celiac disease, rather than the entire spectrum of Gluten Syndrome. I view this as a lost opportunity to bring much needed awareness and knowledge to the US. I hope she realizes how many more people she could help by focusing on Gluten Syndrome!!

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    It is a shame that she is only going to promote celiac disease, rather than the entire spectrum of Gluten Syndrome. I view this as a lost opportunity to bring much needed awareness and knowledge to the US. I hope she realizes how many more people she could help by focusing on Gluten Syndrome!!

    Why criticize her for doing something positive that will help bring more celiac disease awareness? Perhaps you should focus on raising gluten syndrome awareness and just be glad that she is doing something positive...

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    Why criticize her for doing something positive that will help bring more celiac disease awareness? Perhaps you should focus on raising gluten syndrome awareness and just be glad that she is doing something positive...

    I agree with admin! Good for her for doing what she is...

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    Why criticize her for doing something positive that will help bring more celiac disease awareness? Perhaps you should focus on raising gluten syndrome awareness and just be glad that she is doing something positive...

    I'm with Denise on this one. There are so many gluten intolerant people without an official "Celiac" dx.

     

    And you "Admin" come off way too strong. There is enough crap in the world. Don't need more bullying from this site. Denise has a legitimate view point. Nice way to shut her down without any attempt to be civil.

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    I'm with Denise on this one. There are so many gluten intolerant people without an official "Celiac" dx.

     

    And you "Admin" come off way too strong. There is enough crap in the world. Don't need more bullying from this site. Denise has a legitimate view point. Nice way to shut her down without any attempt to be civil.

     

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    I'm with Denise on this one. There are so many gluten intolerant people without an official "Celiac" dx.

     

    And you "Admin" come off way too strong. There is enough crap in the world. Don't need more bullying from this site. Denise has a legitimate view point. Nice way to shut her down without any attempt to be civil.

     

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    She's going to promote what she has...I think it's about damn time someone did. Our disease should have a cure by now. Or at least medications that actually work. Why would you b%$@# about someone raising awareness if you want it heard? Why don't you do it?

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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