The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness today announced it has changed its name to Beyond Celiac.
The foundation said the name change reflects its evolution from an organization focusing on awareness to a broader role in advocating for care and research, including a goal of finding a cure for celiac by 2025.
“As we listened to the community, it was clear their unmet needs extend far beyond raising awareness. By changing our name to Beyond Celiac, we’re emphasizing the evolution of our programs, services and mission to ensure that celiac disease is known as a serious, genetic autoimmune disease needing an early diagnosis and better treatment options,” said Beyond Celiac Founder and President Alice Bast.
The foundation also changed its website URL from celiaccentral.org to www.beyondceliac.org.
Since being diagnosed five years ago, the NFCA -- and now Beyond Celiac -- has been my go-to organization for information about celiac, although there are other advocacy organizations that also do good work. But I've always enjoyed talking to Alice and support her efforts to make life better for celiacs. If they are committed to finding a cure, I feel good that they will achieve that goal.