Allison Rose lived with peanut allergies her entire life, but when she went off to college the unthinkable happened. Her father is now on a mission to raise awareness about the potentially deadly consequences a food allergy can create. Fox 8`s Stefani Schaefer learned how the Allison Rose Foundation is working to educate high school students before they go out in the world. To learn more about the Allison Rose Foundation

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Allison Suhy was student at Ohio University who, all her life, had a peanut allergy that she vigilantly paid attention toBut while a student at Ohio University, Allison unknowingly ate a donut with some kind of peanuts in it, and she lost her life. Her dad Michael is stopped in today to tell us about a foundation that he and his family are setting up in Allison’s name to make certain that no other family will ever go through what his family has had to endure.

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One night, Michael Suhy got the call no food allergy parent wants.

After she was diagnosed with a peanut allergy as a toddler, Allison Rose Suhy’s family learned how to navigate birthday parties, summer camps, or class snacks – all the usually benign but potentially dangerous moments in the life of a child with a food allergy – by simply eliminating peanuts from her world.

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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.

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If is safe to say most parents worry about their children when they go away to college. But when Independence resident Michael Suhy dropped his daughter, Allison Rose, at Ohio University, her nut allergy wasn’t a major concern for him or his wife, Rebecca.

“While is was a pert of our everyday lives, we felt she was equipped with the knowledge she needed to manage it once she went away to school,” Michael said.

Allison, known by friends and family as Ally, was diagnosed with a severe nut allergy as a toddler when she developed a rash after coming in contact with a product that contained nuts.

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Sometimes out of the most tragic of circumstances can come motivation, strength, and passion to make the world a better place. That is certainly the impetus behind the newly launched Allison Rose Foundation website.

Allison was diagnosed with a severe nut allergy as a child and found a supportive and safe environment created by
both her parents and school. When Ally was a freshman at Ohio University, she suffered an allergic reaction that sent her into anaphylaxis and ultimately took her life.

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