A united celiac disease awareness campaign.
Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disease.
May is Celiac/Coeliac Awareness Month in Canada, Europe and the United States, May 9-15 is Coeliac Awareness Week in the UK, and May 16 is internationally recognized as Celiac Awareness Day.
Building off of past joint activities from 2020 and 2021—where buildings across the globe “shone” green for awareness—celiac disease organizations around the world have come together to support shining a light on the seriousness of this disease in 2022. We’re lighting up landmarks in green for celiac awareness, we’re highlighting gluten-free food insecurity, we’re collecting and sharing stories, we’re shining a light on the need for more research and so much more!
This awareness campaign is a group effort between celiac disease organizations across the globe.
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease (also referred to as celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy) is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system begins to attack the villi of the intestines. Damaged villi make it nearly impossible for the body to absorb nutrients, leading to malnourishment and a host of other problems including osteoporosis, infertility and the onset of other autoimmune diseases.
Landmarks we’re lighting up for celiac disease awareness in 2022:
|Atlanta||1180 Peachtree||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Atlanta||King & Queen Buildings||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Atlanta||NCR Headquarters||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Atlanta||One Atlantic Center fountain||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Atlanta||Terminus Atlanta||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Boston||Boston Children’s Hospital||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Boston||Burns bridge||May 16||National Celiac Association|
|Boston||Fore River bridge||May 16||National Celiac Association|
|Boston||Longfellow bridge||May 16||National Celiac Association|
|Boston||Zakim bridge||May 16||National Celiac Association|
|Brasilia||Congresso Nacional||May 16||Movimento celiacos do brasil|
|Calgary||Calgary Tower||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Charlottetown (PE)||Charlottetown City Hall||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Dieppe (NB)||Dieppe City Hall||May 1–31||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Dublin (Ohio)||Dublin Link Bridge||May 13||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Edmonton||Epcor Tower||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Edmonton||High Level Bridge||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Edmonton||Hotel Macdonald||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Edmonton||Sherwood Park Community Centre and Festival Place||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Los Angeles||US Bank Tower Crown||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Minneapolis||Capella Tower||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Minneapolis||St. Anthony Falls Bridge||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Minneapolis||Target HQ||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Montreal||Olympic Stadium||May 16||Coeliaque Québec|
|Muscatine, IA||Norbert F. Beckey Bridge||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Nashville||Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge||May 16||National Celiac Association-Tennessee Chapter|
|Niagara||Niagara Falls||May 16 at 10 PM||Canadian Celiac Association|
|New York City||Helmsley Building||May 16||Beyond Celiac|
|Ontario||Cambridge Sign||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Ottawa||Ottawa sign ByWard Market||May 16–20||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Ottawa||The Shaw Center||May 16–20||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Québec City||Complexe Jules-Dallaire||May 16||Coeliaque Québec|
|São Paulo||FIESP Cultural||May 16||Movimento celiacos do brasil|
|São Paulo||Shopping Light||May 16||Movimento celiacos do brasil|
|San Diego||San Diego Convention Center||May 16||Celiac Disease Foundation|
|Toronto||CN Tower||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Toronto||Toronto sign||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Vancouver||BC Place||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Vancouver||Burrard Street Bridge||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Vancouver||Science World||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Vancouver||Vancouver City Hall||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Winnipeg||Winnipeg Legislative Building||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
|Winnipeg||Winnipeg sign at the Forks||May 16||Canadian Celiac Association|
Other landmarks we’ve previously lit up: Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Olympic Stadium (Montreal), Calgary Tower, and many more.
Get Involved with Shine a Light on Celiac Disease
one of the landmarks while they’re lit up. Post photos on social media with the hashtag #ShineALightOnCeliac
facts about celiac disease on social media. Remember to use the hashtag #ShineALightOnCeliac
to your chosen celiac disease foundation. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of participating orgs.