September 13 is National Celiac Awareness Day.
The first annual Celiac Disease Awareness Day Resolution was passed in 2006 by the United States Senate (Resolution 563). This bill, sponsored by Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, instigated by one of his staff members with celiac disease and co-sponsored by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, made September 13, 2006 National Celiac Disease Awareness Day. The bill has passed each year since 2006, keeping the September 13th date.
What is the significance of September 13? That is the date of Samuel Gee’s Birthday in 1839, who is credited with finding the link between celiac disease and diet. Gee felt that “if the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”
The resolution wording includes:
Resolved, That the Senate–
(1) designates September 13, 2010, as `National Celiac Disease Awareness Day’;
(2) recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease;
(3) calls upon the people of the United States to observe National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities; and
(4) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Celiac Sprue Association, the American Celiac Society, and the Celiac Disease Foundation.