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Food Allergy Advocates

Keeley McGuire: She’s the Queen of the Lunchbox

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 […]

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Meet FARE’s Champion of Stock Epinephrine Laws

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 […]

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Kyle Dine’s Musical Message: It’s OK to Be Allergic

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 […]

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The Ultimate Food Allergy Connector

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 […]

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Razor-Sharp Humor Makes the Food Allergy Case

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 […]

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A Nurse Driven to Improve Food Allergy Education

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 […]

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A Force of Nature for Safe Travel with Allergies

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 […]

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A Voice of Reason for Food Allergy at School, Daycare

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.

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Courageous Woman Who Unites Allergy Bloggers

Her story is humbling. Two sons with multiple food allergies, and the younger has a host of other medical issues.

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The Nurse Who’s the Allergic Student’s Protector

When parents hand their children with food allergies over to the school system, they hope there will be someone like school nurse Cathy Owens around, setting anaphylaxis policy and ensuring kids are safe. Owens has been passionate about anaphylaxis ever since the star of her school’s drama program came into her office struggling to breathe. […]

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