One year ago today, the Silvera family experienced the worst tragedy imaginable. They have channeled their pain into advocacy for all of us in the #foodallergy
community and we are so appreciative of their work. We mourn with you @elijahsecho
and we are here to support you in any way we can.
One year ago, November 3, 2017, was a Friday and Elijah was set to complete his first full week at his Pre-K. The day began like any other but ended, for Dina and I, the way no parents could ever imagine--weeping over our baby boy's lifeless body, our hearts shattered.
Elijah was 3 years old.
Everyone knows that the number one responsibility of any parent is the protection of their children. When we learned that Elijah went into anaphylactic shock because he was given a grilled cheese sandwich by an adult at his pre-K despite them having well documented his severe allergy to dairy, despite many conservation with the Pre-K about their ability to work with children with severe food allergies, despite them saying they have a medically trained staff, despite so many things we thought we did right, we were beyond ourselves.
We cried. We mourned. We got to work. Our resolve is clear: this will never happen to another family. As a result, the Elijah-Alavi Foundation was formed to continue Elijah’s echo and focus on three things:
We cannot begin to dissect the details of that Friday--candidly, the thoughts are just too painful--but what we can do and have done is take a look at the research, continue to build partnership with other foundations and nonprofits, work closely with legislators and policymakers, and grow a network of providers to help address some underlying issues that were clear and present on that Friday in November. In other words, we can ensure that Elijah’s life continues to have an impact in his absence. We can, as we’ve been calling it, continue Elijah’s Echo.
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