One year ago, Loudoun County Detective Nick Campbell was struggling to cover the high costs of prescription medical nutrition for his young daughter.
Recently widowed, with three young children, the cost alone of providing prescription formula for daughter Savannah was just shy of $20,000 annually. Savannah has food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal tract. The allergy allows her to eat only a small amount of “safe” foods – now olive oil, apples, carrots, and prunes – but still relies on the prescription formula for most of her nutrition.
With the formula not covered by his, or many, insurance, the community came together in the wake of Campbell’s grief over the loss of his wife to raise money to help cover his expenses. Campbell is now involved in the Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance, one of the sponsors of the fundraiser last year. He is the head of its parent volunteer board and has even donated back $1,000 from what was raised for Savannah last year.
Kaycee Childress, executive director of the CMNuA, calls Campbell the “driving force” behind the organization’s inaugural gala, set for Friday, Dec. 2. The Funding Food & Families Gala will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at River Creek Country Club. Campbell and daughter Savannah will be the guests of honor, with the former serving as keynote speaker. Tickets can be purchased beginning Nov. 20 for $125/ticket. Using discount code FRIENDSANDFAMILY will save you $25. A table of 10 may be purchased for $1,000. The evening’s activities include a cocktail hour and open bar, a three-course dinner, speakers, dancing, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at cmnua.ticketbud.com/funding-food-and-families-gala.