The Family Advisory Council's (FAC) concurrent session, Impacts on the Family Beyond Mealtime, encompasses multiple topics that impact families of children with PFD, with each topic presented by a different caregiver who has in-depth experience on the subject matter. These topics include: impacts to the family in the school environment, impacts on siblings and extended family, challenges traveling, insurance coverage, economic impacts, changes in course of care, and impacts of COVID.
Upon conclusion of the presentation each participant will be able to:
- Understand the variety of challenges families face in implementing care for a child with PFD.
- Identify the external impacts to the family of the prescribed course of care.
- Incorporate family input on these topics in planning course of care.
Brandt Perry is a native of Arizona, where he and his wife Krya raise three energetic children – Austin (8), Brayden (6) and Sydney (3). The family's first encounter with Feeding Matters came in 2016 when 18-month-old Brayden was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and severe food allergies and the Perrys were searching for information to navigate the new path in front of them. Brayden eats 100% through his G-tube, but that doesn’t slow him down. Brayden's younger sister, Sydney was diagnosed with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and numerous food allergies. She also has a G-tube but eats orally as well, which challenges Brandt and Krya to expand their culinary creativity. Fortunately, big brother Austin provides great support to the whole family and simplifies meals by preferring mac & cheese or pizza.
Brandt began serving on Feeding Matters Family Advisory Council began in 2018 and as a Power of Two Coach in 2019. Outside of his involvement with Feeding Matters, Brandt’s philanthropic involvement includes serving Habitat for Humanity, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle. These actions are driven by Brandt’s belief that we have a responsibly to give back, to leave the world better than we found it.
Brandt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University (ASU) and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Arizona (UofA), which ensures he always has a winning team in the annual ASU - UofA Territorial Cup football game. Brandt’s current professional endeavors focus on developing markets and implementing healthcare imaging solutions around the globe as Vice President of Global Distribution for Orthoscan Inc.
Krya and Brandt love outdoor adventures and strive to inspire that same wonder and appreciation of nature in Austin, Brayden and Sydney. The Perry family, and Coco their Great Dane, seizes every opportunity to go camping, hiking, biking, rock climbing, kayaking and exploring.
Financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclosure
Nonfinancial Disclosures: Chair of the Family Advisory Council; PFDA Support Pillar Lead; and volunteer with Feeding Matters
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