Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Anaphylaxis First Aid Training is a MUST

I can't think of too many things more important in our anaphylaxis advocacy toolbox, than expanding the number of people trained to deal with an anaphylactic emergency.  Surely, our #1 goal is to remove all causes of anaphylaxis, but that is a long-term goal and there are people who might need assistance, at any moment.  As I've said in my post about the training course, earlier this year, "A trained world is a safer world."  The more people walking around with the knowledge of how to recognize and treat an anaphylactic emergency, the better!

In the interest of increasing the number of rescue-ready individuals, Elizabeth Goldenberg, of OneSpot Allergy and EpiCenter Medical, has set up an IndieGoGo Fundraiser to raise funds to provide her top-notch training course, for free, to educators in Canada and the U.S.  Educators are responsible for groups of several children, at one time.  They are most often dealing with young people, in which the populations of allergic conditions is exploding.  Two of our main training goals should be to train everyone in our families, who might have a care for our allergic loved ones and to also get this training to educators, who are caring for large groups of children, some of whom might not even be aware that they are allergic.

As a contributor to this campaign, donors will receive a number of course codes equal to those they sponsor for educators.  If a donor sponsors one class, they will get a free class code to distribute as they see fit, while simultaneously covering the training for an educator and spreading the knowledge far and wide.  If they sponsor 3, they will get 3, and so on...  There is also a $5 level available for those who wish to contribute to the project, but cannot cover the cost of a full course.  Every dollar (U.S. or Canadian) helps!

I am honored to be a part of this campaign and I hope everyone else can see the true benefit of this project.  Thank you for your time and we hope for your generous support!

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