I am excited and honored to be running the 2019 Boston Marathon for KeepSmilin4Abbie, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping anaphylaxis.
Our 10 year old son, Jack, has a life threatening peanut and tree nut allergy. He is adventurous, sporty, fun loving, and is constantly making us laugh. He is always proactive about making safe food choices, but also struggles with fears about having an anaphylactic reaction to something he eats. As his mom, there is nothing I want more than to ease his worries and help him feel safe. I am running for him and all others who are living with a life threatening allergy.
The KeepSmilin4Abbie foundation was founded in 2014 in memory of Abbie Benford (from Hopkinton), who lost her life from anaphylaxis just eight days before her 16th birthday. Her parents, Stephen and Amy, have a mission to #stopanaphylaxis, and Abbie's legacy will be to save lives. I am incredibly grateful for their work and dedication.
The foundation has partnered with Harvard University’s Wyss Institute to advance research and development efforts in the early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis. Every dollar I raise will go directly towards Project Abbie - the development of a wearable or portable device that continually monitors physiological and biochemical signals that indicate anaphylaxis. The device will alert caregivers if anaphylaxis is detected, and auto-inject a life saving dose of epinephrine. This would be life changing for Jack and all others living with the risk of anaphylaxis.
I'm asking for your support in raising donations by clicking on the DONATE NOW button. The pictures I see of Abbie and her “light up a room” smile will be with me as I run. Thank you!
*To learn more about the KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation and the work they do, please read and click on links below...
KEEPSMILIN4ABBIE FOUNDATION wrote:
The KeepSmilin4Abbie Foundation's® mission is to #stopanaphylaxis®. Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction to food, insect stings, medicine, or latex. There are 15 million Americans and >17 million people in Europe at risk of anaphylaxis. We are an all volunteer charity that funds RESEARCH into technology enabled early detection and treatment of anaphylaxis, AWARENESS programs, and two SCHOLARSHIPS.
Ellie Brelis and Julie Hurd are Team KeepSmilin4Abbie. They're raising money for Project Abbie, a project to create an early detection and treatment device that will de-risk the lives of those at risk of anaphylaxis. Please support Team KeepSmilin4Abbie to help #stopanaphylaxis®!