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Canada’s iconic buildings to display green for Celiac Awareness Month this May

May 2019 – May is Celiac Awareness Month in Canada and May 16 is internationally recognized as Celiac Awareness Day. This year five major cities across Canada will display green lights to mark the occasion.

Led by the Canadian Celiac Association and its chapters, the organization hopes to increase people’s awareness of this life-long autoimmune disease which affects over one per cent of Canadians. Unfortunately only 20 per cent have confirmed a diagnosis.

CCA is encouraging people to #GoBeyondTheGut and to recognize some of the atypical symptoms of the disease which includes poor bone health, oral and dental manifestations, anemia, reproductive and neurological problems and complications from related autoimmune disorders. Typical symptoms include weight-loss, bloating, severe cramps and diarrhea.

This year CCA is partnering with Promise Gluten Free, a maker of high quality gluten-free baked goods, to raise awareness of this genetic disease that has no cure.

The following is a schedule of the light displays:

May 1 – Toronto – CN Tower (Dusk)

May 16:

British Columbia: The Science World Museum, BC Place

Edmonton:  High Level Bridge

Calgary:  Calgary Tower

Montreal: Olympic Tower

Newfoundland: Government House

For more information or details, please contact Melissa Secord, melissa.secord@celiac.ca or call 905-507-6208 ext. 226.

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