Thomas Silvera (@elijahsecho)

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Charitable organizations are the backbone of any society as they operate for the public good. Such organizations take up a cause and work for it. These organizations not only create awareness for any particular issue but also ensure that they do something to prevent that issue from taking place. Thomas Silvera runs one such organization. He is the President and CEO of the Elijah-Alavi Foundation. His organization largely focuses on food allergy and asthma education. Food allergies are as serious as any other disease. The foundation urges on the importance of this matter as they state that it is neither a joke nor a myth. It’s as serious as someone having a heart attack or drowning. The foundation states that everyone must learn how to mitigate the risk in order to prevent something bad happening to anyone with severe food allergies. Apart from food allergies the foundation also focuses on asthma, education, advocacy, and equity. With his foundation, Thomas has raised awareness for such issues. People praise him for doing such humanitarian work, day and night. Thomas has dedicated his entire life to the cause as he is committed to change the world. 

The idea of the foundation came to Thomas when his son Elijah passed away due to food allergies. His son was attending a daycare center at the time that this happened. His 3-year-old son Elijah Silvera was given a grilled cheese sandwich while at the daycare, despite having a known severe dairy allergy. After Elijah went into anaphylaxis, his mother was not told what he had eaten and 911 was not called. Loss of a loved one really affected Thomas as he decided to dedicate his life to create awareness about the dangers of food allergies. He decided to focus on helping children and parents who suffer due to severe food allergies. He launched an organization called “The Elijah-Alavi Foundation” in the name of his son. The Elijah-Alavi Foundation was introduced to honor Elijah. It is an initiative designed to raise awareness on the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis as well as the importance of education and training. 

Thomas has been able to achieve great things while working with the foundation. With his campaigns, there has been so much momentum in the food allergy community. They were able to create a law in New York City, in order to implement food allergy education programs. The program aimed to train and certify teachers in knowing the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, anaphylactic as well as asthma. The law, also known as “Elijah’s Law”, was passed in the New York assembly as well as the New York Senate. Later that year, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the legislation (S.218B/A.6971B) requiring all child day care programs in New York to follow proper guidelines for preventing and responding to food allergy anaphylaxis. Thomas worked very hard in order to create this law that will ensure child safety. Elijah’s law will improve child safety by guaranteeing that youth with allergies, in any learning environment, are better cared for. Not only this, but Thomas also ensures that educational centers have the training and resources necessary to prevent and treat future anaphylactic attacks.  

With his foundation, Thomas stands strongly on making sure that proper training is given in order to prevent any tragic incident from taking place. He is also advocating for the accessibility of epinephrine auto-injectors in any educational institute. Thomas has worked very hard for his cause and he believes that with his efforts, all children in every school, regardless of socioeconomic conditions, culture, or class, will be safer when their parents drop them off at school. For more information on the work done by Thomas or his foundation, people can follow him on Instagram at “@elijahsecho”.

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