FACTS Support Group Wins Ruthie T. Cornell Award

A high point of the Allergy Advocacy Association’s Awards Gala was the presentation of the first Ruthie T. Cornell Award to the Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting (FACTS) organization. Founded in 2003 by Joy Leinenbach, the organization has worked tirelessly to support families who have children with severe allergies. Guest speakers are invited to their bi-monthly meetings, and Joy and other members give presentations throughout the community to bus drivers, restaurant workers, and teachers and administrators. But their main goal is to offer support to families and to learn from each other. Keep up the great work!

Amy Wagner (Left), Joy Leinenbach
Amy Wagner (L) and Joy Leinenbach.
Photo Credit — Kristen Zale

November 15th, 2018

Food Allergies Coping Teaching Supporting (FACTS), a family food allergy and anaphylaxis support group, was awarded the Ruth T. Cornell Award by the Allergy Advocacy Association at their very first Allergy Action Awards ceremony. The gala was held at the ARTISANworks exhibit and entertainment space in Rochester, NY. Classical music DJ and Rochester radio VIP Brenda Tremblay presided as the MC. Jon Terry, founder of the association and an active member of FACTS, acted as host and presented the award.

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John J. Condemi, MD Wins Community Award on His 87th Birthday

A nationally-known and beloved Rochester allergist, Dr. John Condemi, received the first Condemi Award for Outstanding Community Engagement and Volunteer Service for his many years of enhancing medical treatments and research efforts. It was the perfect occasion to celebrate his 87th birthday, and his many accomplishments are listed in this article. Dr. Condemi spoke fondly of coming from a Sicilian immigrant family and he hoped that other immigrants will have the same opportunities he did. While leaving the building after the gala he was asked about the potential for peanut patches, etc. to help prevent allergic reactions in children. He replied, “We are getting very close.”

Brenda Tremblay (Left) and Dr. John Condemi
Brenda Tremblay (L) and John J. Condemi, MD.
Photo Credit – Kristen Zale

November 17th, 2018

John J. Condemi, MD was guest of honor at the Allergy Advocacy Association's Allergy Action Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 15th. The gala was held at the ARTISANworks exhibit and entertainment space in Rochester, NY. Classical music DJ and Rochester radio VIP Brenda Tremblay presided as the "Mistress of Ceremonies and Song Leader Extraordinaire." Jon Terry, founder of the association, acted as host and presented the John J. Condemi Award to its namesake and first honoree.

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November Allergy Action Awards Gala Update

November Allergy Action Awards Gala Update

Join us for our first annual Rochester Community Action Awards event! It will be held Thursday, November 15 from 6-9 p.m. at ARTISANworks on Blossom Road in Rochester. Read here to find out who the first well-deserved recipients of the awards will be. We could really use your help to find sponsors for the event and items for a silent auction. Please contact Patrick Morris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any suggestions.

We sincerely thank you and will look forward to seeing you on November 15!

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October 17th, 2018
Allergy Advocacy Association’s
Rochester Community Action Awards
First Annual Fundraising Gala

This event will honor leaders of our community who have made invaluable contributions to advocacy, management and research of life-threatening allergies.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6 – 9 pm
ARTISANworks
565 Blossom Road
Rochester, NY 14610

Our featured honorees are:

Dr. John J. Condemi
We are pleased to honor Dr. Condemi with our very first John J. Condemi Award for his leading role in anaphylaxis research, treatment and advocacy in the Rochester area.

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Monroe County NY Legislature Honors Allergy Advocacy Association

MonroeCountyNY Seal 200x200Gathering after Monroe County Legislative Proclamation

It was certainly a busy month in November for your Allergy Advocacy Association. In addition to the gala and a feature article in the Democrat and Chronicle, we received a proclamation from Monroe County legislators in recognition of all our efforts to keep our community members with life-threatening allergies safe. The proclamation specifically mentioned our efforts to help pass the New York State Emergency Allergy Treatment Act, allowing restaurants and other public venues to stock epinephrine. We were very pleased to be recognized and plan to accomplish even more in the New Year.

Monroe County NY Legislature Honors Allergy Advocacy Association
Issues Proclamation of Recognition and Appreciation

November 13th, 2018

During the November meeting of the Monroe County Legislature, a proclamation was issued recognizing the Allergy Advocacy Association. Dr. Joe Carbone, president of the county legislature, presented the award to Jon Terry, founder of the association. Mike Zale, representative for Legislature District 20, was the primary sponsor and Mike Rockow from District 2 acted as the co-sponsor.

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EAI Device Incident Sparks Concern on NJ Campus

It’s very sad to learn that public safety officials at Seton Hall University as well as local police officers were so afraid of a lawsuit that they refused to administer epinephrine to a student experiencing anaphylaxis. Fortunately the student’s friend was willing to administer it, as by the time an ambulance arrived it might have been too late. The university now realizes training of public safety officers needs to take place and have been in contact with the Department of Health Services to arrange it. No mention is made of training for the South Orange Police Department.

EAI Device Incident Sparks Concern on NJ Campus

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By Staff Writer Nicholas Kerr
October 3rd, 2018

A Seton Hall University student is alleging her health and safety were put at risk two weeks ago when Public Safety and the South Orange Police Department (SOPD) failed to administer an EpiPen to counter an allergic reaction.

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