Brian Hom and his family flew down to Los Cabos, Mexico, in 2008 to celebrate their son BJ’s 18th birthday and graduation from high school. On the first night, the family ate dinner and went for a walk. BJ told his dad that his throat hurt, and Hom went to the gift shop to buy […]
It’s lunchtime. The cafeteria is crowded and loud. When you’re a parent of an allergic child, the main concern when those lunchboxes fly open is that your kid is safe. But you also want to find a way to keep the meal interesting and ensure your student doesn’t feel deprived. Maybe there’s even a way […]
She has a master’s degree and more than 20 years’ experience in public policy and philanthropy – but behind the professional demeanor, Jennifer Jobrack also knows the worrisome realities of life as a food allergy mom. Jobrack first became involved in food allergy advocacy when she joined the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) in 2010 as […]
When Kyle Dine graduated from business school nine years ago, he went a decidedly different route from his peers. Rather than get an office job, Dine, who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, egg, fish, shellfish and mustard, took a position as a janitor in a local hospital and saved enough money to put out […]
Lisa Horne with her husband Andrew and son Stetson. When Lisa Horne’s son was 2 years old a small amount of a peanut butter sandwich touched his lips. The toddler began to scream and went into a full-blown anaphylactic reaction. His parents rushed him to the emergency room, where he was treated with several doses […]
Art is a huge part of Tiffany Glass Ferreira’s life. An art teacher by training, she used to teach the subject in public schools and today gives classes at a museum, and has a small business making art on shrinkable plastic. So naturally when this artist-mom hit roadblocks managing her son’s food allergies, she turned […]
She’s on the faculty at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, working with registered nurses pursuing their baccalaureate degree in nursing. But Anne Russell’s work extends far beyond the walls of the university. She’s a passionate advocate for students, and was instrumental in supporting Michigan’s mandate for school stock epinephrine law which came into effect in […]
When a United Airlines flight crew said they wouldn’t make an announcement to passengers that Lianne Mandelbaum’s son, Joshua, would be flying on board with a peanut allergy, they didn’t know who they were messing with. The angered mother found another way home and soon launched a petition on the website Care2 urging airlines to […]
Mennett Lee, who holds a masters of education degree, founded the Food Allergy Education Network and spent many years advocating for children with food allergies from her town of Branford, Connecticut. She and fellow volunteers provided educational resources on food allergies to families, schools and local communities.
Her story is humbling. Two sons with multiple food allergies, and the younger has a host of other medical issues.