Guest Columnist Michael Suhy is the founder of the Allison Rose Foundation (ARF), a 501(c)3 dedicated to changing the lives of food allergy families through education, awareness, research and advocacy.
One in 12 children is diagnosed with a food allergy. My daughter, Ally, was one of them.
Learning of her nut allergy as a toddler, my family and our tight-knit community were aware and understood that eliminating nuts from any foods Ally might ingest or come in contact with was critical. While her food allergy was part of our every day, Ally lived and experienced life like everyone else.