said Joanne. "And she wanted to accomplish a lot in this world."
"[She was] very proactive about speaking up about food allergies," said Joanne. "I think she'd be certainly pleased we were able to do something in her name, in her honor."
Since Natalie's death, her parents have been working to spread awareness of the dangers food allergies can pose. They've lobbied for mandatory EpiPens in all California schools and started the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation.
"[Natalie] would say 'You've accomplished a lot for those kids like me who struggled daily with food allergies,'" said Joanne, when asked what she think her daughter would think of all her parents have done. "For so many of these families, people have been fighting these silent battles."
But while publicly advocating for change and education, the Giorgis have faced some of their own silent battles too. Louis, a former urologist, lost his career. He had severed a tendon in his dominant arm while trying to break into the medicine cabinet.
"It's about my little girl. That's what makes it so secondary that's not even worth talking about which is why I had a hard time talking about it," said Louis. "It certainly compounds the loss in a lot of ways for our kids."
The Giorgios have suffered so much loss that many may never know about. But for them, the focus isn't on loss. It's on the victories they've fought for and will keep fighting for to keep Natalie's memory alive.
"She was a very passionate kid.. She very much wanted to see good done in the world," said Joanne. "We're hoping through this we can continue to do good in the world in her name."
The city released a press release about the settlement, saying the city and members of Camp Sacramento, “were deeply saddened by the death of Natalie Giorgi.”
Camp Sacramento plans to become an accredited American Camping Association destination within the next 12 months.
Dreyes said this was a huge feat because less than 25% of camps across the nation are accredited by the association. He also added that the city of Sacramento was never in denial of the tragedy but instead, took the opportunity to embrace change and protect future campers.
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