National Food Allergy Awareness Week and a Challenge!

May 1, 2009

(See the bottom of the Anaphylaxis Canada Blurb for the Challenge…)

Olivia, reacting to an unknown substance, probably contact or airborne in March

Olivia, reacting to an unknown substance, probably contact or airborne in March


The hives appeared all over her body.

The hives appeared all over her body.


From her head to her toes!  (Never did figure out what caused these ones!)

From her head to her toes! (Never did figure out what caused these ones!)

I just received the following message from Anaphylaxis Canada:

“Greetings, Anaphylaxis Canada is pleased to announce that May 4th – 8th, 2009 has been declared as “National Food Allergy Awareness Week” by the Parliament of Canada. A motion moved by MP Cheryl Gallant received all party support in the House of Commons on April 28, 2009. The motion is also a result of efforts by MP Gerard Kennedy. We thank all parties for their support of this declaration. This is the first year that we have had this designation made in Canada. To commemorate this week we have a number of initiatives planned to help increase awareness of managing food allergies and educating the community on the issues faced by those at risk for anaphylaxis.

Highlights of the week: Anaphylaxis Canada launch of new teen website: 

· Check out the first website of its kind in Canada dedicated to providing resources and tools for pre-teens, teens and young adults living with severe allergies. · Official launch date: May 6th, 2009

Toronto Star special report on Allergies & Asthma

· Special feature to be published on May 7th, 2009 Today’s Parent Award · Anaphylaxis Canada is proud to have been selected by Today’s Parent magazine for their “Reader with a Cause” award for the month of May. Thank you to Laurie Prentice, an Anaphylaxis Canada member, for nominating us for this award. Check out this months issue for more details.

Support Group Grants · Anaphylaxis Canada is pleased to offer a grant to all our subscribing support groups to help fund local initiatives. For all current group leaders please contact us for more information on how to apply. · To join a local support group in your area visit http:/

How can you get involved? Be an Allergy Ambassador in your community. Here’s how: · Log on to the Anaphylaxis Learning Centre at to view our new educational webcast series. Share the link with others in your community who may be interested in learning more about managing severe allergies (i.e. teachers, caregivers, family & friends).

· Be prepared: — Learn how to use an epinephrine auto-injector properly. Teach others as well. Go to or for more information.

Wear MedicAlert identification. For more details visit

· Nominate your school or daycare facility for their work on keeping children safe. Tell us how they have made a difference in your community. Click here to submit your story:

· Issue a challenge! Ask your family and friends to ‘live in your shoes’ for a day. Assign them an ‘allergy’ to live with for 24hrs. To download allergy brochures go to

· Work with your school or daycare to ensure they have their anaphylaxis policies in place and are up to date.

· Become a member of Anaphylaxis Canada today! Visit to see how and what benefits you can receive through your membership.

· Spread the word and help educate others on the importance of managing anaphylaxis in your community. Click here to order brochures, posters or bookmarks free of charge:

However you choose to promote Food Allergy Awareness Week, get involved and make a difference in your community!

Anaphylaxis Canada”

I love the idea of issuing a challenge to friends & family to take on an allergy for a day.  Anybody want to participate?  For anyone who decides to avoid peanuts/treenuts/eggs/dairy/soy for a day and live in Olivia’s shoes* for one day between May 4th and 8th, let me know and I’ll send you some of our favourite peanut-treenut-egg-dairy-soy-free recipes!!  I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

*  I’ll even go easy and won’t make you avoid cinnamon, avacado, blueberries, grapes, cherries, raisins, melons, citrus, strawberries, kiwi, or any of the other fruits she is also allergic to!!


3 Responses to “National Food Allergy Awareness Week and a Challenge!”

  1. swimminhill Says:

    We’re in! We’ll walk for a day in Olivia’s little shoes…we’ll even *try* to manage without that assortment of fruits. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Destiny Says:

    wow Monet gets the same breakouts, we are trying to manage one right now, ugh! Does Olivia’s itch, Monet scratches until she bleeds. She is also covered eczema once again.

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