Hello FAF Friends,
Well, folks, Summer is sadly coming to an end in more ways than one for us this year. I know that I speak for everyone when I say that we are so thankful to Summer for starting this group and for all of her dedication over the years. FAF of St. Johns has done some important things under Summer’s leadership. To give just a few examples, Summer has helped educate many people in our community about food allergy management and treatment with training and appearing on local television shows, she has chaired multiple FARE walks to raise awareness and money for food allergy research and education, she has organized and participated in various symposiums and other events for members, she has learned all about our community’s schools and physicians in order to provide guidance and leadership to us in so many different ways and, she has done all of this while managing challenging food allergies in her own family. When she created FAF of St. Johns, she created something special. We are the only food allergy support group in our area. We are recognized by FARE and by local physicians as an organized, respected and professional group. We have repeatedly received monetary grants from FARE based upon Summer’s plans and proposals. Although we will continue to benefit from her participation in our private Facebook group, Summer’s in-person presence will be undoubtedly be missed. Thank you, Summer, for all you have done to create this wonderful group. You have given us a place to learn, share and build lasting relationships with food allergy families and relevant professionals in our community. Your important place as the founding leader of this group will always be respected and cherished.
Looking ahead, we have some exciting things in store this year. We are in the process of implementing plans that Summer and I prepared earlier this year. Fall and Winter are particularly busy seasons! In October, we have the FARE Walk, we will host a food free booth at Healthy Halloween Jax, and we will also have a family and food allergy friendly activity to celebrate Halloween. During the winter holidays, we will have more family and food allergy friendly activities that will allow us to celebrate the holidays in a way that is not food focused – which is such a refreshing change from what we are used to during those food-filled months! Lastly, we are in the process of selecting a time and place to “Meet the Docs” – which will give us a chance to meet and ask questions of local allergists in an informal setting.
The last announcement is really a testament to Summer and the success of our group under her leadership. I am so excited to announce that we are changing our name from Food Allergy Families of St. Johns County to Food Allergy Families of Northeast Florida! As Summer and I discussed earlier this year, the new name better reflects the breadth of our membership and the broader Florida community that we welcome and serve. You will soon see that change reflected across our group. Thanks again to Summer and to all of you for contributing to the growth and success of our group. I look forward to all that is to come for us.