Food Allergy Awareness

 

 

Olathe Proclaims May 14-20, 2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week

[Olathe, KS] [May 12, 2017] – The City of Olathe Mayor, Mike Copeland, has proclaimed May 14-20, 2017 as Food Allergy Awareness Week. National organizations including Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), and Centerview Food Allergy Management of the Kansas City area would like to invite the community to participate. Food Allergy Awareness Week is an event created to transform how people think about food allergies across the nation.  This week-long learning event provides a platform for schools, physicians and families to share information about food allergies, raising awareness about this potentially life threatening medical condition that affects 15 million Americans, including 6 million children.  Researchers are unsure of why, but food allergies are on the rise. There is no approved treatment and the only proven option is total avoidance of the allergen.

Two local Olathe teens are responsible for initiating the Proclamation from the City of Olathe.  Daytona Hodson and Amanda Yoksh both attend Olathe North High School. 

Daytona Hodson was diagnosed with food allergies by doctors in the Olathe Health System when he was an infant.  He attended most of his elementary school years in Olathe District Schools.  His family recently returned to Olathe and Daytona is a freshman at Olathe North High School.  He is a member of the Olathe North Freshman Baseball team. He serves as a member of FARE’s Teen Allergy Group, FAACT’s Teen Allergy Council, Camp TAG summer camp counselor, and Camp Centerview camp counselor.  He advocates for others like him whenever he can.

Amanda Yoksh’s parents first discovered she had a severe allergy to peanuts when she was 10 months old after she had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter. Another reaction at 2 years old would require a blood test to find out what other allergens she had. Turns out Amanda was severely allergic to peanuts and all tree nuts, sesame, soy, coconut. Amanda has been in the Olathe public school system since first grade and have been grateful to meet such helpful and understanding staff in the district. Amanda is now a junior at Olathe North High School. Amanda is co-president of the Olathe North National Honors Society, member of ON Student Council, Link Crew, and is part of the Distinguished Scholar program.  Amanda has made it her goal to reach out to other students with severe food allergies to combat bullying and spread awareness.

Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those who are interested in joining Amanda, Daytona, and Centerview Food Allergy Management in our efforts during Food Allergy Awareness Week, can visit www.CenterviewFAM.org. for information about our Food Allergy Awareness event May 17 6-8 P.M. at Thompson Barn 11184 Lackman Road in Lenexa, KS.   For more details about the Food Allergy Awareness Week movement, visit FAACT at www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org or FARE at www.foodallergy.org