Girl Scout organizes gluten-free awareness day

Kayla Brunner discusses the gluten-free lifestyle during a workshop she organized as part of the requirements to earn the top Girl Scout honor, the Gold Award. Photos provided.

Kayla Brunner, a member of Girl Scout Troop 20566, organized a gluten-free awareness day July 7 at Hier's Park.

The 30 people in attendance heard several speakers, including Sarah Brunner, a mother of three gluten-free girls; Dr. Duane Hougendobler, a local pediatrician; Amanda Williams, a registered nurse; and Serendipity Sweets and Good Grains, a local bakery. Each person in attendance also received a gluten-free cookbook.

Donations for the workshop were received from Owen's north and south, Walmart, Huntington County 4-H and Troop 20566.

Brunner is now organizing a gluten-free support group and plans to post information about the group on Facebook.

By sponsoring the event and organizing the support group, Brunner has completed requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.