to Coast for Celiac
3,000 mile cycling adventure from California to Georgia to raise
money and awareness for Celiac Disease
Regina on Mt. Rainier's Wonderland
| In the spring of 2003, Regina was diagnosed
with Celiac Disease. CD, a genetic disorder, is a heightened sensitivity
to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats.
If untreated, it can lead to some serious digestive disorders and
even death. However, many people who have CD don't even know it.
Recent studies suggest that at as many as 1 out of every 133 persons
in the United States is affected. Many cases go undiagnosed or are
asymptomatic for years.
Regina in Training
| That's why Regina is raising
awareness about the disease and raising money for Celiac initiatives
and research. An avid runner and hiker, bicycling is a new passion
of Regina's. She has completed several marathons and triathlons,
thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail in California,
the Wonderland Trail in Washington State, the Long Trail in Vermont
and climbed Japan's Mt. Fuji!
Regina Finishing the Appalachian Trail
Now Regina is facing
an uphill battle with Celiac Disease. After suffering several
broken bones (likely caused by CD), she took up bicycling as a
safer way to keep in shape. True to form, it took her no time
at all to plan her first big bicycling feat. Her cross-country
trip took her more than 3,000 miles from the west coast to the
east coast. Her trip started well, but she unfortunately suffered
a painful back injury in Arkansas when she was hit by a truck.
Regina was determined to reach the east coast on two wheels, so
she forged on. She even used her misfortune to help spread the
word about the disease that has changed her life forever.
here for a personal message from Regina
Regina on top of Mt. Fuji
Regina on top of Mt. Katahdin
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