Paint to Heal: Celiac Disease Awareness Event in Texarkana

Local mother, teacher, and celiac fighter Lucia Ochoa is raising awareness about celiac disease in the Texarkana area through an event taking place on May 27: Paint to Heal. The local 1894 Gallery in Texarkana will host the event and allow visitors to help raise funds for celiac disease research by purchasing their own paint and pouring color paint. Each painting will cost $40 and the funds raised will go to fundraising for celiac disease.

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Lucia Ochoa has been posting different facts and information about the disease on social media. “There was an article published by Beyond Celiac, an organization for which I am an ambassador, which focuses on patient research and hopes for a cure or treatment. Currently, there is no cure or treatment for the disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and there is not enough awareness about it, not enough resources for it and certainly not enough support to help those going through it feel safe,” said Lucia Lucia took the whole month to educate others about celiac disease and worked with friends, family and community members to organize this week’s fundraiser.

“I want to see others discover the disease. My son and I both have celiac disease and there just isn’t much research or knowledge about it. Did you know celiac disease is genetic? That’s why my son has it too. 1 in 5 children do not recover from the recommended gluten-free diet. Grocery costs over 180% more for people with celiac disease. This is not only a health burden, but an emotional and financial burden for those who suffer from celiac disease. One of the most frightening statistics is that 83% of Americans with celiac disease are actually misdiagnosed with something else,” Lucia said.

Recently, Beyond Celiac, a non-profit organization that raises funds for celiac disease research, published an article about Lucia and her family. Beyond Celiac is also the leading patient research-focused organization that awards grants for international research. Lucia will be fundraising for her fundraiser for Beyond Celiac to help fund this research. Lucia is one of the only Beyond Celiac Ambassadors in our region, and her event will go a long way to fund more research into celiac disease. “I would especially like to thank the family and friends who gave their time and energy to make the event possible. I couldn’t do it alone. To Mrs. Debbie Nicholas and Gallery 1894 for the incredible artistic enjoyment and to Claire and Drew Wilson, Delicious Delights Cafe and TaMolly’s for providing gluten-free snacks for the event, I want to say a big thank you. If you would like to purchase tickets for the event, please follow the information in the image below.

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