What Has Been Your Most Rewarding NSF Experience To Date?
Other than becoming a mom! In 2019, The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation hosted our first ever family weekend camp - Camp NSF. We had over 20 families with a child battling Nephrotic Syndrome attend, some coming from as far as Texas and Oregon. We had an amazing experience. It was incredible to see families who have never met each other, instantly bond - as kids, siblings and parents in this journey. Their gratitude, grace and strength was inspiring. Other than becoming a mom, this has been my biggest life's achievement.
What Other Support Programs Does NSF Currently Offer And What Will 'Little Angels' Add To This Platform?
My family knows first-hand how tough the Nephrotic Syndrome fight is, and often how long and lonely the journey with chronic illness can feel. Currently NSF's programs include things like Backpacks of Hope - a program to provide connection, education and support to newly diagnosed families, Patient Family Grants and other direct support programs, and ongoing health and wellness education. This year we are SO excited to launch our new program 'Little Angels' in conjunction with Me To You Box. Through this program we hope to deliver love and light to those who have been in the trenches with this unimaginable disease for some time, and who find themselves in an especially tough spot. Sometimes just a small gift of unsolicited kindness, love and support is all a child, sibling or parent needs to help them weather the storm or get them through to brighter days.
Why Did You & NSF Choose Me To You Box As The Partner For 'Little Angels'?
I chose Me to You Box because I have the utmost respect for their mission and product. Like me, they understand that a well curated care package offers much more than the value of the gift inside. It sends a message of support, love and true caring. Receiving that message can do wonders for a child's (or a parent's) spirit. Brianna and Annyssa run their business in a way that I trust, and they understand just how important quality is when these packages are put together. I knew each package would be just perfect and that our brand would be in good hands. Brianna, the Co-Founder, was full of compassion for our effort from the very beginning and I knew when we launched, Me To You Box would be the ultimate partner for us to help us deliver our mission.
Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?
My Mom. She is the ultimate human being. Extremely smart, capable, undeterrable (from anything), beyond kind, hilarious, humble, loving and the most gracious host I have ever met.
About Andi Callaway
Everything happens for a reason. Andi is the President and Founder of the Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation, an Alamo, CA, based non-profit dedicated to supporting children diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome and their families. After having kids and moving to the East Bay, Andi served as Chairman of another local non profit, Buena Vista Auxiliary in 2011, which unknowingly helped prepare her for her work with The Nephrotic Syndrome Foundation!