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So many nice issues occurring within the allergy neighborhood, so little time. Severely, these Three not-to-be-missed occasions are all occurring throughout the subsequent couple of months.

1. Stroll for Andrea (Sep 22)
2. Robust Nutter (Oct 6)
3. Meals-Free Trunk or Deal with (Oct 19)

What I like about occasions like these is that they assist convey the neighborhood collectively, whereas elevating consciousness (and funds) in direction of a trigger that’s close to and pricey to all of our hearts: meals allergy analysis and — probably — a treatment.

Scroll down for extra particulars, and to listen to from a couple of of the allergy mamas who’re working laborious behind the scenes to assist convey these occasions to life.

September 22: Stroll for Andrea

What? The 4th annual stroll to boost funds for allergy analysis through Sick Children Meals Allergy and Anaphylaxis Program. In reminiscence of Andrea Mariano.
When? Sunday September 22, 2019 @ 10:30am-12:30pm
The place? Milne Park in Markham, Ontario
Why? See what co-founder Jyoti Parmar has to say:

It was over 13 years in the past after we had been first confronted with a meals allergy analysis. My then 2-year-old son reacted to the residue of peanut butter on a knife I used to make him a jam sandwich. The allergist informed us there was no remedy. We had been informed to keep away from the allergen, carry EpiPens, learn labels and be always vigilant. We understood that full avoidance of the allergen was the one technique to forestall a response.

By 2010 our lifetime of avoidance prolonged to many extra allergens – dairy, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts – however avoiding the allergens additionally meant avoiding occasions wherein meals was concerned… and that was virtually every part. Despite all of the precautions we had put in place, unintended ingestion did happen and I used to be residing in fixed concern of a response. We craved a treatment.

We attended the Stroll to Axe Anaphylaxis in 2010 and 2011 and had been impressed by the analysis it was funding. We regarded ahead to supporting their efforts once more however there have been no extra walks after 2011. My husband and I talked about beginning a fundraising stroll ourselves however we didn’t get past the speaking — till September 2015 after we heard in regards to the demise of a primary 12 months Queen’s College scholar, Andrea Mariano. She died because of an anaphylactic response to a drink she ordered from Booster Juice on campus. She was 18 years outdated, and allergic to peanuts and dairy.

Once I heard of Andrea’s demise, I used to be devastated. Andrea grew up in Thornhill about 15 minutes from the place my household lives. I didn’t know her or her household however her allergic reactions are much like these of my kids and her demise solidified my fears. It additionally jolted us to motion. We reached out to the Mariano household and so they too wished to channel their immense grief and heartbreaking loss into one thing huge, in order that Andrea would by no means be forgotten.

In February 2016, we started working with the Mariano household and shaped a planning committee. Collectively, we organized and held the primary annual Stroll for Andrea within the fall of 2016. It was a lovely day.

We walked collectively to recollect Andrea and all these whose lives had been lower brief by anaphylaxis. We walked collectively to boost meals allergy consciousness and to indicate our kids they aren’t alone of their battle. We walked to discover a treatment. Be a part of us!

How? Register right here.

October 6: Robust Nutter

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What? Toronto’s first ever charity impediment course for teenagers. In help of the Sick Children Meals Allergy and Anaphylaxis Program.
When? October 6 @ 9:00am-2:00pm
The place? Camp Robin Hood in Markham, Ontario
Why? See what committee member, Karen Leung, has to say

My son Bobby was born 3.5 weeks early. 95% of infants born at this level are fully effective, however Bobby required an 11-day keep in NICU for untimely lungs. Whereas in NICU, the nurses stated his pores and skin was significantly delicate to the band-aid adhesives. He was additionally feisty as heck, and required a “don’t disturb except medically vital” signal on his isolette.

I completely breastfed, and even after I took him residence, I might discover that he had very delicate and irritable pores and skin. His cheeks had been at all times rosy, and he always had rashes on his physique. It wasn’t till the 6-month mark, when he broke out into hives after the introduction of egg yolk, that I spotted what was happening with him. Then it was a response to dairy. Then peanut…

His pores and skin was rashy due to low ranges of allergens in my breast milk. Immediately, Bobby is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and seeds. It’s rather a lot to handle, however he lives a full and enjoyable life.

The factor is, though we’ve got his day-to-day life underneath management, I knew I wanted to do extra. I joined a committee to boost cash for the Meals Allergy and Anaphylaxis program at Sick Children Hospital. By way of this program, analysis is being performed to create extra correct meals allergy diagnostic assessments, and progressive methods to stop anaphylaxis in food-allergic folks. I strongly consider Sick Children will change the long run for Bobby, and youngsters with meals allergic reactions.

Please be a part of the primary ever Robust Nutter in October. It’ll be a enjoyable day, and a good way to satisfy different households who cope with meals allergic reactions!

How? Get tickets right here.

October 19: Meals-Free Trunk or Deal with


What? Toronto’s second annual food-free Trunk or Deal with (a.ok.a. essentially the most inclusive Halloween occasion ever). To boost allergy consciousness and funds in direction of allergy analysis through the Prime 10 Problem/CAAIF.
When? Saturday, October 19 @ 3:00-4:30pm
The place? Inventory Yards Village in Toronto, Ontario
Why? See what Prime 10 Problem founder, Kathleen O’Hagan, has to say:

When my son was recognized with a number of allergic reactions — together with one outdoors of the “high 10” — when he was nonetheless only a child, one of many issues that devastated me essentially the most was the considered all of the fantastic issues he’d miss out on.

On a regular basis issues like playdates and consuming out, favorite festivities like Halloween and Easter, social occasions like potlucks, BBQs — and MomsTO — all of them felt out of attain.

Out of attain, however not not possible. Positive, the ‘easy issues’ don’t come simple anymore. However I quickly discovered that doesn’t imply we are able to’t take part in our personal secure variations and create our personal pretty reminiscences.

So I started to hunt out allergy-friendly eating places and AllergyBites was born. Then I began #AllergyMom Meetups in order that mamas like me might hang around with mothers who get it, whereas our children play close by.

And a 100% food-free Halloween occasion? That’s so that youngsters of all ages and allergic reactions can safely participate within the festivities.

It’s heartbreaking (and scary!) to need to rummage by our children’ goodies to eliminate all that unsafe loot. And right here’s the factor: Even manufacturers that market themselves as “faculty secure” or “Halloween secure” aren’t vital secure for my son (because of his sunflower allergy) and numerous different allergy kiddos (because of different non “high” allergic reactions like coconut, pea proten, chickpeas and extra!).

However the Meals-Free Trunk or Deal with lets allergy children be children — they get to decorate up and go “trunk-or-treating” with out concern. How superior is that?! 

The opposite wonderful thing about this now annual Halloween occasion is that it’s an excellent enjoyable kick-off for an allergy consciousness initiative and fundraiser began simply final 12 months. It’s known as the Prime 10 Problem, and its objective is to unfold consciousness, empathy and compassion, whereas elevating funds in direction of an allergy analysis grant through CAAIF.

All of this to construct a extra inclusive world for our kids with meals allergic reactions. We’d not be there but, however I really consider we’re nearer and nearer yearly. So I hope you’ll be a part of the Halloween enjoyable… and the struggle for a greater world for our children. 

How? Register right here.


Pleasant. Supportive. Encouraging.

Wish to be a part of a neighborhood of like-minded meals allergy people? Be a part of the AllergyBites Group on Fb.