Betsy Craig to promote local advocacy after beating the odds of her own scleroderma diagnosis.
In 2004, MenuTrinfo founder Betsy Craig was diagnosed with systemic diffuse scleroderma, an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. At the time, Betsy was given 18 months to live.
Craig was able to beat the odds by changing her diet and through continuous work with her doctor. She has now become one of the biggest advocates in the fight against scleroderma, serving on the board of directors of the Scleroderma Foundation’s Rocky Mountain Chapter and helping to launch the chapter’s Fort Collins, Colo., Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk.
Her work with the foundation continues through her company’s first corporate sponsorship of the 3k and 5k walk, scheduled to take place Oct. 6 at Fort Collins City Park.
“If I can help advance the word ‘scleroderma,’ I will do it in any way possible by telling my story,” Craig said. “When I talk about menu health and nutrition, I always mention the word scleroderma and I am amazed at how many people I meet who have been impacted by the disease. It keeps touching my life.”
Craig founded MenuTrinfo based on the premise of helping other people manage their health. MenuTrinfo’s complete suite of services include menu analysis, AllerTrain certification and training in the areas of gluten-free menus, specialty menu development, nutritional counseling and policy development.
“When I was so sick I had to change the way that I ate and I knew other people were experiencing the same thing. It’s all connected,” Craig said. “What we eat is vital to our health and well-being. Our motto: Making menus matter’ is a testament to my belief that what we do protects the lives and health of foodservice consumers.”
According to the Scelroderma Foundation, an estimated 300,000 Americans have the disease of which there is currently no cure. Scleroderma literally means “hard skin” and causes tightening and thickening of the skin; but, it can also damage internal organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, esophagus, and gastrointestinal tract. Scleroderma also occurs 3-4 times more often in women than in men.
“”Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma” walks are held by Chapters across the country to raise awareness about the disease and to raise funds for research to find the cause and cure, and to support Chapter programs, including the local support group in Fort Collins, and providing information to local doctors about the disease,” said Cyndy Besselievre, member and services associate for the Scleroderma Foundation’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. “We encourage those with the disease to invite their family and friends to walk with them. Walkers can also set up a fundraising page to raise donations through our secure website at www.scleroderma.org/steppingoutftcollins. Each step we take together gets us one step closer to finding a cure!”
MenuTrinfo is dedicated to helping foodservice operators protect the lives and health of their customers by meeting or exceeding new nutritional labeling regulations as required by law and by partnering with restaurants to provide safe products and procedures that meet a wide range of dietary restrictions. MenuTrinfo’s complete suite of services include menu analysis, AllerTrain certification and training in the areas of gluten-free menus, specialty menu development, nutritional counseling and policy development. Its nutritional analysis is the only full-service solution for nutritional labeling that is insured and based on an FDA-approved process. MenuTrinfo clients cover the spectrum of food service, from large universities to restaurants and catering operations. For more information go to www.menutrinfo.com or call (888) 767-MENU (6368).
The Scleroderma Foundation is the national organization for people with scleroderma, their families and friends. It was formed Jan. 1, 1998, by a merger between the United Scleroderma Foundation and the Scleroderma Federation.
The Scleroderma Foundation is headquartered in the metro Boston area in Danvers, Mass. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of people living with scleroderma. The Foundation has a network of 23 chapters and 168 support groups committed to carrying out the three-fold mission of support, education and research. The Scleroderma Foundation funds an average of $1 million in new grants each year to find the cause and cure for scleroderma.