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Way to go Kendra!

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On November 7th 2009, NFCA Athlete for Awareness Kendra Neilsam completed the Iroman Florida, dedicating her race to helping raise awareness of celiac disease and supporting efforts to increase the rate of diagnosis among the 2.5 million Americans still suffering.

Kendra finished the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run in 15 hours 15 minutes and 49 seconds, and through the Janus Charity Challenge program, raise almost $4,000 to support NFCA and celiac awareness- Amazing!

Despite the many obstacles Kendra encountered since receiving her own celiac diagnosis earlier this year, Kendra was able restore her health, reclaim her life, and achieve her fitness goals. By overcoming her own personal challenges managing her disease and diet while trying to achieve her athletic goals, Kendra's story has inspired others to believe, achieve, and champion the cause as well. Kendra's journey has motivated those in the celiac community to pursue a healthy, gluten-free lifestyle.

But she couldn't have done it without YOU!

The NFCA would like to congratulate and thank you for your encouragement, support, and contribution towards Kendra's incredible fundraising and athletic effort.

Currently, 1 in 133 Americans have Celiac Disease while only 1 in 4700 is diagnosed. In this respect, we are still far from reaching the finish line.

Your donations will go directly towards raising awareness of Celiac Disease and its complications among physicians and the general public, improving the lives of millions of Americans and relieving the burden on our healthcare system correspondingly.

NFCA's goal is to gain a diagnosis for 1 million Americans in the next five years. Your contribution is a critically important part in helping us meet this mission.

We encourage you to continue to follow the progress of Kendra and our organization by subscribing to our monthly newsletter and following the Athletes for Awareness Blog through our website, www.CeliacCentral.org

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