Interview with Thomas Silvera (@elijahsecho)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

My son Elijah has passed away due to food allergies while he was attending a nuc daycare center and from that moment on I decided to focus on help children and parents who suffer from severe food allergies.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Since starting Elijahs echo we have can so much momentum in the food Allergy community where we create a law in NYS and implemented food Allergy education programs for teachers to be trained and certified in know the signs and symptoms of allergic reaction and anaphylactic as well as asthma. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

It may seem challenging but a challenge is needed for you to see your growth and potential to create change to help so many who suffers from severe food allergies and asthma. 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

My son Elijah who had passed away in 2017 gives me my strength and my other son who’s 7 keeps me going daily to never stopping. When my son Elijah’s life ended so did mine. I had to find this new life and move through a space that was uncomfortable. I am so grateful for my son’s love and their faith in me allowing me to navigate in this space to keep pushing forward and making lasting impactful change for children with food allergies. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

My success is my son’s legacy. A law has been created which was a historical law in the United States and has resonated globally that many have reached out to say how much Elijah’s love has helped them understand how to manage and speak up for their kids. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

With the change, there’s a challenge but a challenge is needed for change. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow me on Instagram “@elijahsecho”. 

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