A Loaded Question: “Why Did You Start the AllergyKids Foundation?”
I was recently asked in an interview why I started the AllergyKids Foundation. Wow. What a loaded question. My heart took flight as my fingertips danced across the keyboard in response, and here is the reply I gave to one very unsuspecting journalist!
As headlines talk about toxins in our food, air, water and oceans, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the landscape of childhood has changed. No longer are our children guaranteed a safe and healthy childhood, not in the face of the current skyrocketing rates of diabetes, obesity, asthma, allergies, ADHD, autism and childhood cancers.
As a result of this changing landscape, the landscape of motherhood has changed too. We now find ourselves not only juggling homework schedules and soccer carpools, but also drug recalls, vaccine debates and conflicting scientific evidence over the safety of our children’s food supply.
And while headlines like: “Do vaccines cause autism?” – “Should I worry about this artificial growth hormone in my kids’ milk?” – “And what about organics? Are they worth it?” – and the onslaught of childhood epidemics may be paralyzing, paralysis simply isn’t an option when it comes to raising children.
I think as mothers, we have unique insight, skill sets and capabilities that can be leveraged to inspire changes and create the world that we want to see for our children, which is demonstrated in my story. I founded the AllergyKids Foundation in response to the needs of children with allergies, autism, ADHD and asthma. I leveraged my own expertise (as a former Wall Street analyst) when I realized that the American children were being exposed to chemicals in their food supply that aren’t used in children’s foods in other developed countries in the hopes of restoring the health of the American children – 1 in 3 who now has autism, allergies, ADHD or asthma.
I write this to share my story in the hopes that it might inspire other mothers to believe in their ability to affect remarkable change, as I truly believe that together, we can create the change we want to see in the world. And while none of us can do everything, all of us can do one thing.
Hope this helps!
Founder, The AllergyKids Foundation
Author, Mother of Four