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Register today and walk for CD April 24


Our Third Annual Walk for Celiac Disease Research will open officially at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, on the University of Arizona’s mall in front of the administration building in Tucson.

   If you have not registered already, please use the registration form in this newsletter to sign up now. Registration in advance is $20, while Walk day registration is $25. Registration covers event expenses such as the CD-Walk polo shirt with GF logo.

   Some of us will be on the mall as early as 6 a.m. to set up and direct parking. We encourage all our members and friends to arrive by 7 a.m. so they can help too, and we all get to enjoy the festivities that will precede step-off at 8:30 a.m. sharp.

   Some of the highlights of the event include “The World’s Longest Gluten-Free Buffet,” greetings and proclamations from dignitaries, three hours of up-beat deejay background selections, professionally-led warm-up routines, a silent-auction of amazing goods, outstanding raffle prizes, excitement, a good walk, and friendly conversation.

   You can leave home for the Walk without breakfast because the gluten-free buffet will include coffee, pancakes, Bumble Bars, Nature's Path Crispy Bars, Pamela's Chocolate Chip cookies, Marlene's Cheese crackers, Marlene's Tea Biscuits, GF Pantry Brownies and Ginger Cookies, Edward and Sons Gummy Bears, GF Rice Krispy Treats, St. Claire's Sweet Tarts, and more.

   A party environment predominates at the annual CD Walk, even though our purpose is serious. Funds raised through the event are earmarked for CD research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, and SACS operating expenses. SACS is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization.


   We are grateful for the incredible GF foods,  auction goods,  raffle prizes and cash gifts from friends, sponsors and supporters of SACS. Please patronize our sponsors and supporters.

   Silent auction items include:


           (Please see Bid Page



Use inserts for registration and pledges


   The inserts in this newsletter bear registration and pledge forms for the Third Annual CD Walk on April 24. Please make as many copies as you think you will need.

   Fill out the registration form and mail it back with your $20 registration fee. Then fill out your portion of the pledge form and begin recording donation promises from everyone you know.

   It pays to register early because registration on CD Walk day is $25. Children less than 10 years old and dogs walk free. Registrants receive a Celiac awareness shirt and get to enjoy the “World’s Longest Gluten-Free Buffet.” The buffet will be set up near the step-off point on the University of Arizona Mall in front of the administration building. Plan to be there before 8 a.m.

   SACS’ leg of the Third Annual International Walk for Celiac Disease is the first in a series of CD Walks that will be taking place world-wide through May.

   Registration packets also can be downloaded from our website at www. Southern or obtained by phoning or emailing Colleen Beaman, Walk chairperson, at 743-7979,



Jonathon’s Cork pleases GF diners; Bluepoint Kitchen next

   The Gluten-Free Dining Club gave Jonathan's Cork, 6320 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, kudos for caring service and really good food, which they sampled on March 17.

   The GF Diners learned that Jonathan's Cork already was familiar with gluten-free requirements and other food sensitivities. Management promised uncontaminated pans and a safe, delicious meal - and delivered.

   Filling in for Karen Keating, who is GF Dining Club chairperson, Kathleen Fridye reported that her group ate grilled salmon steak with sides of baked potatoes and steamed vegetables. Fresh fruit was offered for desert

   Not appearing at all were croutons in salads and baskets of bread. A non-celiac in the group had to ask for bread, Kathleen remarked.

   The next GF Dining Club event will be held 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Bluepoint Kitchen & Bar, 2905 E. Skyline Drive in La Encantada Plaza at North Campbell Avenue, Tucson.

   Please make reservations with Karen by April 16 at 885-4828, or email her at, kkeating111@ The GF Dining Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.


Leave symptom cards with your Dr.


   Planning a visit to your primary care physician or your gastro specialist? Don’t leave home without a stack of symptom cards your doctor can hand out to other likely Celiac patients.

   The cards, in addition to symptoms, provide SACS contact information. Get in touch with Shirley Curtis before your appointment. Reach Shirley via our website (Southern  She will mail the cards to you immediately.


Bid on auction items at Celiac Walk

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♥   A quilt handmade by Jill Rouw, membership chairperson.  The quilt, made from past Celiac T-shirts,  measures 60”x70” and is valued at $100. 

♥  An original Suddenly Susan script, autographed by the entire cast and donated by Michael Kelly, now associated with the George Lopez show.  It is valued at $350.

♥   Numbered print, Navaho Girls, by Sam Wisnom, valued at $500. 

♥   Dine Out Basket valued at $100  containing certificates from Buddy’s Grill, Mimi’s and Ye Ol’ Lantern restaurants.

♥   Music Basket from Beaver’s Band Box, a music store.

♥   Last Will and Testament, valued at $175, by James R. Beaman, attorney.

♥   Dance classes, valued at $50 with Colleen Kelly Beaman, Walk chairperson .

♥   Sports apparel valued at $50 from Lucy Active Wear.

♥   Baskets of GF goodies from various vendors.

èCall Linda Canterbury, (email for number) if you can donate items to the auction or the raffle.



SACS Leadership

Due to spam and privacy concerns, use the email link on this website, and a phone number or email address of the person you wish to reach will be sent to you.

Officers: President, Jeannine Faidley,

; vice president, Jill Rouw, 7  secretary, Hetty Pardee, treasurer, Sue Beveridge, 7

Chairpersons: Membership, Jill Rouw, 7; Roundtable Forum, past president, Mary Louise Catura, ; Phone Tree, Esther Hopkins, member-at-large, Georgina Rubal, \ Raising Our Celiac Kids (ROCK), Liz Attanasio,  GF Dining Club, Karen Keating, \ 2004 Walk, Colleen Beaman,

Celiac Digest Editors: Co-members at large, Evelyn Cohen,  and Shirley Curtis,


Web Mistress: Shirley Curtis, .




unveils new logo to go with updated website



Regional CSA head promotes national affiliation

Cites “strength in numbers” for legislation, research funding

   Bill Eyl, Celiac Sprue Association/USA, Inc., Region VI director, made a compelling case March 14 when he told about 50 people at SACS’ annual “Pot Luck” meeting, that they should join CSA/USA, Inc. Membership in national CSA/USA is set at $33 for the first year with renewals at $25.

   Growth in CSA/USA membership, he explained, improves Celiac lifestyles by adding weight to the already hefty national group when it comes to providing information, getting funding for research and pressuring for legislation.

   Mr. Eyl (as in aisle) and his wife, Lorraine, spent a few days enjoying Tucson prior to joining Chapter 15 SACS members for the Pot Luck buffet at Reid Park. Mr. and Mrs. Eyl came from Berthoud, CO, bearing manufacturers’ gluten-free samples and brochures, which they shared with SACS members.

   SACS members, on the other hand, shared their favorite foods with the Eyls and each other. Some of the dishes included a Mexican-style casserole, a lasagna, a cold shrimp and beans dish, a sesame seed bundt cake, brownies, and lots of other GF goodies.

   Mr. Eyl took to the podium after dinner and noted that Celiac Sprue Association/USA is the largest national Celiac support organization with 9,000 members.

   “There is strength in numbers,” he said, adding that the food-labeling bill is before the U.S. Senate, having already passed in the U.S. House. Passage of the bill in the Senate would require food labels that make it easier for Celiacs to avoid gluten,

   Mr. Eyl noted that CSA/USA’s updated website, www., provides a link to the legislation. He urged SACS members to remind their Senators how much we need the bill to pass. Mr. Eyl also said CSA/USA executives planned to go to Ireland to help with work for international gluten labeling standards. Ireland is home to many Celiacs.

    Mr. Eyl pointed out that CSA/USA also provides an information lifeline to Celiacs isolated in communities without local support groups.

   Noticing several children attending the event, Mr. Eyl said both Camp Celiac for 7 through 16-year-olds and Cel-Kids Network are growing. Phone 732-679-6566 for Cel-Kids, and 508-399-6227 for Camp Celiac.

   Mr. Eyl knows about being a Celiac kid. Born in 1941, he was a “banana baby”--an infant kept alive on bananas, pot cheese and rice. He was diagnosed again in 1964 and survived for years on foods recommended in an old Canadian recipe book. He continues to work as a volunteer for a better, gluten-free tomorrow. All we have to do is join.






Round Table Forum: 1 p.m. April 28, Columbus Library, E. 22nd St. at South Columbus Blvd.


CSA/USA: 877-CSA-4CSA  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time.


Change of Address/Phone number: Notify Jill Rouw, membership chairperson, via web link

Change of email: Notify us via the link, at


Frito Lay snacks: Visit for gluten status. Their GF offerings sometimes have MSG and are packaged on shared lines.


Wendy’s: Avoid chicken at Wendy’s. The new recipe includes a glutenous soy sauce! You can check Wendy’s website and download the new GF menu.


Millet: Millet, like rice and corn, has been deemed safe for Celiacs.



Mexican Casserole is hearty dish


1 lb. ground beef

1 can black beans or black-eyed peas rinsed & drained

1 C. finely chopped onion

1 can creamed corn

2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped or 2 TBS. canned, drained peppers


1/2 C. gluten free flour + 1 C. GF cornmeal

1 tsp salt  & 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 C. cooking oil

2 eggs slightly beaten

1 C. grated cheddar cheese


 Brown meat and drain.  Break into fine pieces.  In a bowl, add beans or black-eyed peas, onion, creamed corn and jalapeño to ground beef and mix.

In another bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, salt, baking soda, oil, eggs and cheese.  Add to ground beef mixture. Mix well .

Grease and fill a 13”x 9”x 2” pan.

Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes 

Serve with GF gravy.

Jeannine Faidley, SACS president, prepared this delicious casserole for the potluck in March.




SACS seeks volunteer workers for CD Walk



SACS seeks volunteer workers for CD Walk


   Although many SACS members and friends already have signed on to help April 24 during SACS’ Third Annual Walk for Celiac Disease Research, there still are a few jobs that need filling.

   Positions that have gone unfilled include: parking lot attendants, coffee makers, food table attendants, an auctioneer for the silent auction, raffle salespersons, and calligraphers to inscribe names on community service certificates.

   To volunteer, phone Colleen Beaman, Walk chairperson, at 743-7979, or send an email to

   Since registration on the mall in front of the University of Arizona administration building will begin at 8 a.m., with a walk warm-up at 8:30 a.m., most volunteers need to arrive by 7:00 a.m. or earlier if possible.

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