Here at Best Ever You, we are always supportive of anything and everything related to Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis. As an Anaphylaxis survivor, who has life-threatening allergies to nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish, I am also the co-founder of FoodAllergyZone.com with Brian Hom, where we are dedicated to helping not only find a cure for food allergies and Anaphylaxis, but also to help people stay alive and thrive with food allergies and Anaphylaxis.
(Andrea Mariano 1997-2015)
I met Dr. Pramar on Twitter and invited her on the show to talk about Walk for Andrea and her own experiences having children of her own with the allergies.
The Walk for Andrea was started to honor the memory of Andrea Mariano (1997-2015). Andrea was a first year University student who died on Sep 18, 2015 after sipping a drink she bought on campus. Her death was due to an anaphylactic reaction to either dairy or peanuts both of which she was allergic to. The funds raised by the Walk for Andrea go to the Sick Kids Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis program in order to find a cure for life threatening food allergies.
Dr Jyoti Parmar is a general dentist and the mother of 3 children, 2 of whom have multiple Anaphylactic food allergies, eczema & asthma. Jyoti and her husband Peter Deboran, a Toronto Public School Board Vice Principal, co-founded the Walk for Andrea to help find a cure for food allergies and to honour the memory of Andrea Mariano (1997-2015). The first annual walk was held on Sunday October 2, 2016 just north of Toronto.
The Walk for Andrea strives to:
1. Promote Safe inclusion through creating more understanding about this invisible disability so that people are more willing to accommodate and integrate allergy sufferers into everyday activities and they can experience a real sense of belonging in their schools and communities.
2. Improve Safety – Advocate for food allergic individuals to live safer and healthier lives by working to ensure that foods are honestly and clearly labelled with all ingredients in the product.
3. Find a Cure - Encourage and fund research in health care, industry and research facilities to seek new interventions for cures and create healthier lifestyles for allergic people.