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06/22/05

Woman Rides Cross Country to Raise Awareness of Celiac Disease

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One very special educator road her way across the United States all in the name of charity. Regina Erskine is just wrapping up the long ride from the California coast to the Georgia coast, right to the Atlantic.

She has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that destroys the digestive system. It's an allergic reaction to food with gluten, like wheat, rye and barley, and can be deadly if you don't get treatment.

One in 133 people have it, and some don't even know it. So she's spreading the word.

"If celiac disease was more known, hopefully they'd be able to get diagnosed and live a healthy life," Erskine said.

Erskine celebrated the end of her long ride with a dip in the Atlantic.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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