The mission of the Making Tracks for Celiacs 5K walk/run is to raise funds to increase awareness and support research.
Celiac disease is a genetic disorder affecting children and adults. People with celiac disease are unable to eat foods that contain gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. In people with celiac disease, gluten sets off an autoimmune reaction that causes the destruction of the villi in the small intestine. They produce antibodies to attack the gluten, but the same antibodies also attack the intestine, causing damage and illness.
Making Tracks for Celiacs is an annual fundraising event, which is organized and managed by the Center for Celiac Research at Mass General. This is our 15th year and we have raised over $2.5 million to date. Seventy-five percent of the funds go to support research and other national initiatives and 25 percent to support local communities throughout the country.