by Drew Petrie
Cycling for Celiacs is a special project initiated by the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. This project is designed to raise awareness of Celiac Disease, to help raise funds for research, to help raise funds for service and support for those living with Celiac Disease.
My name is Drew Petrie. This is a photo of me with Hannah, the younger of our two children – both girls. Hannah is currently the only diagnosed celiac in the family. At the time of the 2009 ride Hannah will be five years old; she was diagnosed when she was just two and a half. We feel very fortunate that our GP and paediatrician were able to diagnose her so early, as she was quickly becoming malnourished and had stopped growing. Looking back I don’t think we fully realized how serious things were. I am now passionate about promoting Celiac awareness, this is why I’m choosing to ride.
Hannah’s growth since diagnosis has been phenomenal and I believe she’s now made up for any lost ground. She’s as happy and as healthy as can be. We are very thankful for the tremendous support that we’ve received from the Kelowna Celiac Association since her diagnosis.
It’s been many years now since I’ve done any significant cycling but I have ran a few marathons over the past couple years which I’m hoping will make my return to cycling a little easier.
I will be riding for Hannah and all the other Celiacs out there, including the undiagnosed ones that have not yet been fortunate enough to find out what is making them so sick.
The 10th Annual Cycling for Celiacs will consist of cyclist riding from Victoria, BC to Edmonton, AB from August 06 to August 16, 2009 raising donations for research and awareness along the route.
The Trek will cover approximately 1400 kilometres over 11 days starting in Victoria, travelling through the interior of B.C., across the Rocky Mountains to Calgary and then up to Edmonton.