Profile: Sports Team Owner Ted Leonsis

in Food Allergy
Published: August 19, 2011

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In the 1980s, you survived a brush with death when a plane you were on crash-landed. So you created “bucket list” with 101 to-dos, ranging from going one-on-one with Michael Jordan to having a net worth of 100 million dollars – both of which you’ve since achieved. How many have you completed?

I think I’m at 81. Most recently, I won an Emmy Award, went to the Olympics and traveled to China. So that’s pretty good.

Which one of your bucket list items do you hope to accomplish next?

I want one of my teams to win a championship.

I’d cross my fingers for the Capitals, but myself, I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

[Laughs.] I’m allergic to Leafs.


The Doctor’s Check Up on Ted

“This Allergic Life” profiles famous people who live with allergies. The interviewees are role models in their chosen professions, but how are they handling their own allergy management?

Allergic Living asked well-known New York allergist Dr. Paul Ehrlich to grade Ted Leonsis’s allergy approach.

Top marks: “It’s great that a man of Mr. Leonsis’s stature is speaking out about his allergies. He is very aware of the issues around food allergy. The best message he sends is that you don’t have to live in a bubble.”

Caution ahead: “Mr. Leonsis is prepared. He should remember, however, to always ask about what’s in every food he doesn’t make himself. Nuts in the chicken salad may not be obvious, but you can’t be too careful.”

Medication use: “To his credit, he was not afraid to use an EpiPen when he needed it. I just wish he had used the auto-injector immediately instead of waiting until he found a private spot. It’s really important to remember that if you decide you need your EpiPen, use it right away, and always let someone else know what’s going on, because you might suddenly need assistance.”

Note: This article appears in the Fall 2011 edition of Allergic Living magazine.