Buxton boy raises awareness about food allergies

9:47 PM, Jul 29, 2011   |    comments
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Buxton, Me (NEWS CENTER)-- Food allergies affect more than three million children in this country. But a lot of people still don't know that some allergic reactions can result in death.

A 7 year old from Buxton has come up with a unique way to keep him and other kids safe.
 
Every summer rows and row of sunflowers explode in the front yard of Robyn Skvorak's home.
This year her two children, Hattie and Joey came up with an enterprising idea, selling the flowers and splitting the money.
But Joey had a different idea he wanted to donate the profits to a walk to raise awarenes about food allergies.
'We just want to help because a lot of kids have allergies,' Joey said.
Something that hits close to home for this youngster. Joey is seriously allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and certain fruits. He has anaphylaxis which means even the smallest exposure can be fatal.
'We've ended up in the ambulance because of that, just the residue. Its constant vigilance we have to clean where we go,' said Joey's Mom.
The youngsters have only raised a small amount  of money, they hope to raise 1500 dollars by October. The campaign has generated some interest in the community a local business has offered to sell sunflowers in their shop.
The money will go to FAAN, the Food Allergy Ananphylaxis Network. It will use the money for awarness, education and medical research. The FAAN walk will be held October first at Payson Park in Portland. If you would like more information you can go to www.foodallergy.org

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