Inspiration From Teens With
Food Allergies

The teen years are a critical time for food allergic children. The increased independence requires developing self-advocacy skills. Today we highlight three amazing teens who advocate for themselves and have found ways to help so many others. #inspiring

Upcoming Event: FARE is hosting a FARE Teen Summit Nov 11-13. Each of our featured teens will be presenting! Registration details below.


Natalie teen with food allergies

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Allergens: Peanuts and Tree Nuts except for Almonds, Hazelnut, Macadamia, + Pine Nuts

Age: 12 1/2

School: University of Chicago Laboratory School

About Natalie: Bake sales are a simple childhood pleasure unless you have food allergies. Unwilling to accept the status quo, Natalie ignored prior failed attempts by parents to change her school's bake sale policy.  She presented to the school's board, proposed changes and successfully overhauled the bake sale to create an inclusive event.

Spokin tip: Own your allergy - you have to be confident about it.  At the same time, donโ€™t let your allergy get in the way of doing things that you love.

FARE Teen Summit Presentation: The Silver Lining of Food Allergies



Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

Allergens: Pistachios and Cashews

Age: 14

School: New Trier High School

About Jack: At age 12, Jack created the educational documentary, That Bites. Told Primarily from his point of view it offers a first-hand perspective on living with food allergies. The film won over 7 awards including Best Documentary at the 2015 International Family Film Festival Youth Fest!

Spokin Tip: Always be prepared to handle and control an allergic reaction wherever you go. No matter how careful you are, allergic reactions can and will happen. It is important to be a self-advocate. When eating out, it is vital to make whoever is handling your food aware of your allergy. When eating at home, read labels diligently.
FARE Teen Summit Presentation: How to Help Others with Food Allergies



Hometown: Highland Park, Illinois

Allergens: Peanut, Pistachio, Hazelnut, Soy, and Hemp

Age: 14

School: Highland Park High School

About Susan: Susan has personally trained more than 300 people in "epinephrine readiness": knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms and being ready to administer epinephrine when needed. She started the initiative as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project and has documented her learnings in this courageous video.

Spokin Tip: No one plans to have an allergic reaction.  Always, always, always carry your epinephrine, and don't be afraid to use it. 
FARE Teen Summit Presentation: PRROTECT Clinical Trial and Epinephrine Readiness



What: FARE Teen Summit

When: Nov 11-13, 2016

Where: Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Register: HERE with code SpokinTS10 for a Spokin discount

Spokin tip: Simplify your trip with Spokin's guide to allergy-friendly restaurants near the conference.