I have volunteered for the NFCA, I have been a donor to the NFCA and my family has benefited tremendously from all that the NFCA has to offer. The staff is professional and personable. The support is second to none. I have rarely seen such dedication from a group of individuals. The NFCA has changed lives, given our community options and empowered individuals. Bravo all the way!!!
As a volunteer at the NFCA over the past two years, I have become increasingly impressed by how much this organization does for individuals with celiac disease. After being diagnosed with celiac disease myself, I reached out to the NFCA as a source of information and as a means to meet others living gluten-free. Their website (http://www.celiaccentral.org) is incredibly informative and is constantly being updated with new news on this disease. The NFCA is also active on social media, which helps to spread useful tips on the gluten-free diet, fosters a sense of community online, and continues to raise awareness. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the NFCA.
After I was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago and made the transition to a gluten-free diet, I was looking for an CD organization to volunteer with. NFCA was my first choice. NFCA advocates for people with CD not only by disseminating accurate and up-to-date information, but by working with organizations, from medical providers to food service providers and restaurants. It's a lean organization that achieves a great deal. I am proud to be affiliated with NFCA!
The NFCA has been a tremendous asset to the celiac and gluten-free community in the United States. They were there for us at the start when our older son was diagnosed with CD 10 years ago and continue to be a resource not only for those who have been managing a gluten-free diet over time, but also for the newly diagnosed.
I have been involved with the NFCA for almost 7 years now. Under the leadership of Alice Bast, the NFCA has made an enormous impact on the lives of those living with celiac disease. The NFCA has promoted proper diagnosis, promoted greater availability of GF food and promoted awareness all the way from the NIH to the local grocery store. I truly feel that my twin daughters' quality of life are better thanks to the NFCA.
As one of NFCA's Athletes for Awareness since early 2009, I put my support strongly behind their excellent work in the realms of education and awareness related to celiac disease and the broader gluten-free community. NFCA's efforts to increase rates of successful diagnosis, to educate and train restaurants and medical professionals, to reach out the gluten-free community via educational webinars and other events, and to share the latest results of cutting edge research make them a major player in the celiac and gluten-free community.
I first partnered with the NFCA at their 2008 event in Atlanta. It was a contest between local chef's to prepare gluten-free dishes. This event brought together people in such a positive way. It gave us the opportunity to speak directly to the chefs and thank them for their efforts to reach out to the local gluten-free community.
The NFCA is leading the way in bringing the gluten-free community together by getting people diagnosed, hosting regional events, offering education and more.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has made tremendous strides over the past seven years in educating the public about celiac disease. I have worked with Alice Bast and others at the NFCA in sharing information and gathering support for celiac awareness in the Philadelphia area. I work frequently with NFCA personnel as part of my own outreach, formalized through the Gluten Free Philly website. Based in the Philadelphia suburbs, the NFCA has made Philadelphia a pilot city for celiac awareness through events such as Appetite for Awareness and celiac awareness nights at pro sporting events.