About Elijah's Echo
My Name is Thomas Silvera.
I am the Co-Founder and President of the Elijah-Alavi Foundation.
The Elijah-Alavi Foundation is Elijah’s Echo, an initiative designed to raise awareness on the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis as well as the importance of education and training. The organization was founded after the passing of my son Elijah-Alavi
This June, Elijah’s Law was passed in the NY Assembly and NY Senate and on September 12th "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.218B/A.6971B) requiring all child day care programs in New York to follow guidelines for preventing and responding to food allergy anaphylaxis. Called "Elijah's Law," the new law is named after 3-year-old Elijah Silvera from New York City who was given a grilled cheese sandwich while at 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. Elijah died in November 2017".
Elijah’s law will improve child safety by guaranteeing that youth with allergies in any learning environment, from pre-k to k-12, are better cared for and that educational centers have the training and resources necessary to prevent and treat future anaphylactic attacks. we have also aided in the amendment of the NYC Department of Health Codes by providing safety with educational training provide by Code Ana and with Kaléo pharmaceutical donating 7500 Auvi-Q (epinephrine auto-injectors, USP) to all NYC regulated daycare centers to protect our young children.
The Elijah-Alavi Foundation stands strongly on making sure that we insure that the proper training and education is a vital source to preventing a tragic incident in care like this from happening again. Their needs to be access for every Public School/Daycare to be stocked with epinephrine auto injectors .Education: for every adult that works in daycares/Schools to know the signs of anaphylaxis and be able to treat children experiencing it.Equity: to make sure that all children in every school in every neighborhood regardless of socioeconomic conditions, culture, or class, are safe when their parents drop them off at school.