Profile of an Allergy Parent: Zahra Bhanji (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Zahra Bhanji was a food allergy aunt before she was a food allergy mom. As a food allergy aunt, she always went the extra mile to ensure her nephew was safe and that her sister and brother-in-law trusted her with their child. Now, as a food allergy mom, she has a 'zero tolerance' protocol in … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Zahra Bhanji (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Paul Crowley is the father of two boys: a 10-year-old with food allergies and an 8-year-old with none. While he does his best to maintain a relatively normal life for his family, they inevitably had to make changes after the diagnosis -- things like asking a lot of questions before outings, birthday parties and sleepovers. Still, … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Paul Crowley (Top 10 Challenge Committee)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)

Jennifer Fortino is a high school English teacher and the mom of two little ones. While her four-year-old-daughter has an anaphylactic allergy to tree nuts, her two-year-old son has no known allergies to date. It took her awhile to accept the emotional hardship and everyday challenges that accompanied her daughter's diagnosis -- she has witnessed … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Fortino (Not So Nutty Mom)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Katelyn Reynolds (Top 10 Challenge)

Katelyn Reynolds is the mom of an almost two-year-old with multiple food allergies -- and not all the anaphylactic kind. Her son was also diagnosed with a rare condition called FPIES (more on this below). Life since the diagnosis has been a huge adjustment for Katelyn and her family, especially considering none of them had/have … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Katelyn Reynolds (Top 10 Challenge)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Trenbeth (Top 10 Challenge)

(Super) Mom Jennifer Trenbeth has 4 children, ranging in age from 12 to 1. But only her eldest daughter, Madison, has been diagnosed with allergies to date. A staunch allergy advocate, Jennifer's education efforts have brought about many positive changes in her community of Owen Sound. Jennifer is also known locally for making customized top … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Jennifer Trenbeth (Top 10 Challenge)

Profile of an Allergy Parent: Dr. Abby Herzig (Belay)

Dr. Abby Herzig spent her professional life working with children as a clinical psychologist. Over the 10 years she practiced psychology, she worked in psychiatric hospitals, special schools, the court system, her own private practice, and with UNICEF. But shortly after her 1-year-old son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies, she walked away from it all. … Continue reading Profile of an Allergy Parent: Dr. Abby Herzig (Belay)