JJ VulopasJJ Vulopas lives in the Land of Can. For this Wharton student, author and entrepreneur, milk and tree nut allergies are not limitations, but opportunities to make a change in the world. JJ is on a mission to put kids with food allergies on the map, inspiring them to advocate for themselves through his children’s book, Land of Not. As his characters learn to focus on what they can do, the book teaches a lesson we could all learn — you are who you are, not who you’re not. Follow JJ on Spokin @jamisonv to see all of his 25 recommendations!
Choosing Food AllergiesOne name every food allergic person should know is Dr. Cathy Nagler. As an esteemed scientist and professor at The University of Chicago, Dr. Nagler has dedicated her career to breakthrough food allergy research. Not only is she a leading authority in her field, but she is constantly pushing boundaries to expand her work. Dr. Nagler runs her own lab and travels the world teaching others about food allergies. She also started a biotech company that hopes to one day make treating and living with food allergies easier. It's fair to say that most of us would not have chosen the food allergy path, but we're so glad Dr. Nagler did. And what is she spending her time researching? The bacteria in your gut.
Roxanne Palin: A Family A-FARE
You won't catch Roxanne Palin taking a day off. With two food allergic children and a food allergic husband, she constantly finds ways to turn circumstances into opportunities for change in the world of food allergies. Over the years, Roxanne has been a strong advocate and fundraiser for food allergy safety, education and research. She and her daughter, Amanda, are being honored at the FARE NYC luncheon in April 2017.
Roxanne is the Director of Marketing at Juice Press, a NYC-based organic, vegan grab-and-go wellness brand with more than 60 locations in New York, Boston, New Jersey and Connecticut.