One Allergy-Two Hearts
One Allergy, Two Hearts
Inspiration comes from many different aspects of life. Our children are often the carriers of both purpose and passion, especially when it comes to overcoming and accepting a significant life challenge. Such is the case with Gray and Lily Pinto, twins and the inspiration for Don‘t Go Nuts. Despite the fact that Lily is the one with the life-threatening food allergy, they both live the experience of the allergy together. It affects the whole family system and consumes an enormous amount of energy from our minds and hearts. Gray and Lily are on a mission to help other siblings support each other. “Two hearts are better than one” is their motto.
“Just knowing Gray understands and cares makes a huge difference in my life,” Lily said. “I know I am not alone, and that means the world to me,”
“Everywhere Lily and I go, I always feel a sense of protection for her,” Gray said. “Lily has a hard time asking people not to eat nuts around her, but I am comfortable with it. I‘ll do anything to keep her safe.”
Lily admits that the journey has been difficult and frightening. “I‘ve had my moments of wondering, ‘Why me?‘ But then I realize that my “cure” is to be very careful to avoid foods that have nuts or have been processed in a factory with nuts, and I‘ll be OK. Don‘t Go Nuts gives kids, families and friends a 100% safe way to trust and enjoy the food they love. I guess it‘s the gift in all of this for me. To help other kids be safe and feel safe. If two hearts are better than one, imagine what we can do if we all join together and help one another. That‘s Don‘t Go Nuts. I always remind myself, there is more to life than nuts, right?” she said with a grin.
Lily & Gray Pinto
“We are an ‘I’ and a ‘We.’ We are definitely individuals, but we are also twins in our souls.”
“Lily is one of the most courageous people I know. She is also the nicest. I wish everyone could walk in her shoes for just one day and see how it feels to have to be so careful everywhere she goes to avoid nuts. They‘re everywhere. In a strange way, her nut allergy may have helped her to be so kind. She is so good at caring, and I think this comes from her having to care for herself wherever she goes. I‘m so proud of her. Lily also has learned how to be very organized in order to be safe. She teaches me so much about how to be mindful of how every one of our actions, big or small, usually affects someone. We are on a mission to help kids like Lily and siblings like me feel and be safe everywhere they go.”
“I couldn‘t have a better friend and supporter than Gray. Kids with nut allergies have sisters and brothers and family. We all row one boat. We‘re in it together. I know it‘s hard for him. I mean who wouldn‘t want a candy bar with nuts or a cookie with nuts or anything with nuts. It all looks so good. But Gray says “No” to it all because it keeps me safe. Because of this gift, I get to live a safe and secure life. Who could ask for more from a sibling? I‘m so happy to be creating this company together. Yep, we‘re on a mission.”