WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate last night passed S. Res. 219 sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The resolution designates September 13, 2011 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.”
“As a long-time supporter of this cause, I am once again pleased the U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 219,” said Inhofe. “This resolution is imperative to bringing much-needed awareness to celiac disease and helps diagnose and treat individuals that suffer from this condition. I have witnessed firsthand the complications of this debilitating disease, as one of my staff members battles with celiac disease. Having a ‘National Celiac Disease Awareness Day’ takes big strides to ensuring treatment to patients affected and finding a cure to this disease.”
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that creates intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, as well as some medications and vitamins. Currently, approximately 300 million Americans suffer from celiac disease.