Allergies Come in All Shapes and Sizes -
—just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!
November 19, 2013
Nancy Sander, Founder of the AANMA, Retires after 28 Years
By Kristen Stewart
Whoever said one person can’t make a difference clearly hasn’t met Nancy Sander, founder of the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA).
Though she may not have realized it at the time, the journey that would change her life and the lives of countless others began over 30 years ago. Her daughter Brooke had life-threatening asthma along with environmental and food allergies. Life was a blur of ER visits, doctor appointments, hospitalizations and medical bills.
Articles for Advocacy
We highly recommend you take the time to watch a Discovery Channel documentary called “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America.” Narrated by Steve Carell, this 53 minute video explores the science of food allergy, what it is like to live with the disease, and food allergy research including the status of various treatments under study.
The documentary, supported through an educational grant from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and Mylan Specialty L.P., provides an important opportunity to increase awareness of food allergy as a serious and growing public health issue. Here is the link to the video; perhaps you could share it with your local schools or parent-teacher organization: