LI Celiac Disease Support Group Helps Educate Kids


Lollipops 450In conjunction with the Celiac Sprue Association (c) (CSA),a national non-profit support group for persons with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the local CSA Long Island Celiac Disease Chapter #23 is proud to announce a new resource for educating children about celiac disease. The Prince Who Would Only Eat Lollipops, will help children understand both the symptoms and dietary restrictions of celiac disease through an entertaining story.

Jim Blank, the chairperson for the CSA Long Island Celiac Disease Chapter #23, is reaching out to principals, teachers, PTA organizations and public libraries throughout Long Island to encourage these groups to purchase copies of The Prince Who Would Only Eat Lollipops. The campaign began with Mr. Blank’s donation of books to the Stratford Road School and Kindergarten Center in Plainview.

The Prince Who Would Only Eat Lollipops by Delores Stark and illustrated by Scotland Barnes is the story of a lollipop maker living in the kingdom of Rockingham. The young prince is sickly and there is nothing that appears to ease his suffering. That is, until he eats a lollipop. There begins the story of the journey to a diagnosis and the gluten-free diet so that all may live happily ever after.

Children will relate to the marvel of only being able to eat lollipops, and the story can create awareness as they grow up with classmates that have special diet needs or handicapping conditions. The story emphasizes kindness, compassion, and working together to help someone with a unique problem. The message is that no matter how much power, wealth, or position one may have, one cannot always have perfect health.

Dolores was inspired to write this story from her personal experience. Dolores and two of her four children became ill with no explanation. A pediatrician found a possible common autoimmune link and referred the family to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. What followed in 1969 was a diagnosis of celiac disease. At that time, celiac disease was thought to be quite rare. The gluten-free diet was a new lifestyle at that time as well, with far fewer choices available than in this day and age. Dolores became an advocate for celiac disease research, awareness and outreach at that time. This great-grandmother continues to follow her passion and graciously donated this manuscript to the Celiac Sprue Association for publication.

Place your order by calling 877-272-4272 or through the webstore at www.csaceliacs.org. All proceeds benefit CSA awareness efforts





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