The Holiday Gratitude List for our Association

As we wind up yet another year, it’s the perfect time to sit back and reflect on all that has been accomplished in 2018. But of course nothing would have been possible without the hard work and support we receive every day from so many in our community. Here’s our founder Jon Terry’s list of people and organizations that have been especially helpful this past year in reaching our ongoing vision of “Not another life lost to anaphylaxis - not another life lost ANY life-threatening allergies!”

The Holiday Gratitude List for our Association

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By Jon Terry
December 14th, 2018

Happy Holidays! I sincerely hope all our readers have had a great year and are looking forward to 2019. At this time of year it is a regular occurrence for individuals and organizations to offer up gratitude lists of various sorts. Most lists recount events from the past year that were particularly hopeful or meaningful. That is pretty much what I want to share with all the supporters and affiliates of the Allergy Advocacy Association. I firmly believe that we do have a lot to feel grateful about. Please see my “thank you” list below.

  1. Thank you to our staff and members of our board of directors for all of their time and talents in support of our advocacy efforts, not to mention making my whole life so much easier!
  2. Thank you to the physicians and allergists who have volunteered their valuable time to participate in our public events and presentations. Their medical expertise has been essential to providing current allergy treatment information here in western New York.
  3. Thank you to all the members of Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting (FACTS), the Rochester, NY Food Allergy Support Group on Facebook, and the Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance. These three family support groups are doing invaluable work for all of their members here in western New York.
  4. Thank you to Saint John Fisher College for participating in our Epi Near You New York training program. In October, SJF College hosted one of the largest training seminars we have yet produced; well over one hundred people attended, some of whom will soon stock non-patient specific epinephrine helping to protect the lives of individuals at risk for anaphylaxis in their facilities. The security office at SJFC has already set up entity stocking of this life-saving medication on campus.
  5. Thank you to all the volunteers who attended the Food Allergy Awareness Day in Albany last May. The combined efforts with Food Allergies Research and Education (FARE) and our association helped raise awareness of the dangers of anaphylaxis in NYS with lawmakers and administrators alike.
  6. Thank you to FARE, the Allergy and Asthma Network and the Monroe County Legislature. All three of these organizations have provided awards and public recognition to our association for our efforts raising awareness of life-threatening allergies through our program of awareness, alertness and action.
  7. Thank you to everyone who donated to our Allergy Action Awards dinner on November 15th. Your generous support is very greatly appreciated!
  8. Thank you to all the visitors to our Web site and Facebook page, and to all the readers of our e-newsletter. Your encouragement and participation in our advocacy efforts is essential to all of our future endeavors.

Very best wishes to everyone for a very safe and happy holiday season!

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