How HeyHashi was Born
HeyHashi, formerly Hashimoto’s Awareness, was founded by two women and patient activists who know firsthand what it’s like to struggle with autoimmune disease and what a huge difference support, education, and community make. Prior to founding the organization in 2013, Pearl Thomas and Fabienne Heymans were both in remission and hosting their own online and in person Hashimoto’s support groups. Upon meeting they immediately saw the possibility of creating something bigger together, quickly filing for 501(c)3 status for HeyHashi, formerly Hashimoto’s Awareness, and raising funds while building a board of expert advisors. Thomas and Heymans then courted sponsors and grants to fund the development of what would become the first Healing Hashimoto’s Summit while continuing to raise funds for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Hashimoto’s Awareness has been a part of the Thyroid Mastermind event and helped introduce thousands of Hashimoto’s sufferers to resources like the Thyroid Connection Summit and the Betrayal docu-series. Today, Thomas and Heymans are making a difference worldwide by connecting people with the resources they need to overcome this serious and under-diagnosed disease.