Our mission is to increase endometriosis awareness, fund landmark research, provide advocacy and support for patients, and educate the public and medical community.
Founders: Padma Lakshmi, Tamer Seckin, MD
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Ciji Castro

Ciji Castro

Domestic Gourmet, Content Creator, Restaurant Guide, Activist

Ciji Castro is a content creator who covers some of the world's top Michelin-rated restaurants, chefs, and food and wine festivals. Her food photography and videos have been featured by the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. She is a local figure in her community that has worked for causes such as Feeding America, Bowls for Good, and organizations focusing on Endometriosis. Ciji also founded DomesticGourmet.com, where she creates recipes for gourmand families by including notes on how to have children of all ages in the cooking process on her recipe cards. She's a mom of three girls and is passionate about teaching them life skills such as gardening, foraging, prepping, and cooking. 

Ciji has battled endometriosis for most of her life. Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with stage IV, and the last decade has been wrought with debilitating pain, multiple surgeries, and seven miscarriages. Desperate for a solution and help for his ailing wife, Miguel Castro called endometriosis doctors all over the country, and that’s when he found Dr. Seckin and Dr. Chu. Ciji underwent a massive excision surgery and a partial hysterectomy

"Women to Watch in 2023" - Tampa Magazine