Several prominent food allergy advocates have come together to form a new non-profit organization called the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT).
The group, with regional representation across the United States, says its mission is to “educate, advocate, and raise awareness for families and individuals affected by food allergies and life-threatening anaphylaxis”.
FAACT’s CEO and president is Eleanor Garrow-Holding, the former vice president of education and outreach for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (now FARE). Her new team consists of well-known names in the food allergy community, including Karen Harris, founder of Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta; Nicole Smith, president of Allergic Child; Thanita Glancey, president of the Loudon Allergy Network; Yael Kozar of CA, Allergy Support & Anaphylaxis Prevention; and Amelia Smith Murphee, founder of Food Allergic Children’s Education in Tupelo, Mississippi. Smith Murphee, who is a lawyer, will serve as FAACT’s general counsel.
As the media release states, FAACT leaders have “personal connections to allergic disease” – all have family members affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
“To think that a life can be lost simply by coming into contact with a food item is motivation in itself to arm and educate the community,” says Garrow-Holding. “FAACT will provide professional resources and guidance for families, peer-to-peer support, podcasts, webinars, restaurant and educational materials, civil rights advocacy, government relations, and so much more. We are linking our families to your families to ensure the safety for everyone affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.”
To learn more about this new organization, visit the website foodallergyawareness.org.