Building the FAACT Family

Building the FAACT Family

By Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT Founder and CEO

Since my son Thomas was diagnosed with food allergies almost 10 years ago, I've been blessed to make connections with families across the country living with food allergies. We helped each other cope with the emotional roller coaster of food allergies, sharing everything from recipes to safety tips and how to deal with food allergies at school. I appreciate so much the support of food allergy groups and advocates nationwide and all the wonderful work they do. I came to realize, however, that there was no way to connect these groups together to share the lessons learned through decades of living with food allergies. That was my "Aha!" moment – and the day I began creating the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT).

I wanted to create a place where you can find the information you need right now, the legislative initiatives that will help your family in the future, the truth about your rights and your child’s rights at school, programs for the entire family, and more. I’m thrilled that FAACT can be that place for you and your family – your home and voice for food allergy awareness.

The FAACT Team has big plans for this year. We hope you can join us for our conferences in Anaheim, Atlanta, Denver, and Philadelphia as well as our Teen Conference in Chicago and Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang). These programs are a wonderful opportunity for parents, teens, children, and family members to meet others they can relate to and bond with. We all empower and inspire each another. We are all connected by living with food allergies and anaphylaxis every day.

I look forward to connecting with each of you throughout the year through our e-newsletter and future blogs. And I would love to hear from you. If you have questions or news you’d like to share, please e-mail me. Welcome to the FAACT Family!