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Food Allergy Awareness

food allergy awareness

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Food Allergy

A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific and reproducible immune response to certain foods.


The body’s immune response can be severe and life-threatening, such as anaphylaxis.


Although the immune system normally protects people from germs, in people with food allergies, the immune system mistakenly responds to food as if it were harmful.

There is no cure for food allergies.

what is a food allergy?
Common Food Allergens

Although nearly any food can trigger an allergic reaction, there are ten foods that cause the majority of reactions:

  • Peanut

  • Milk

  • Egg

  • Soy

  • Wheat

  • Tree Nut

  • Shellfish

  • Fish

  • Sesame

  • Gluten

Cross has Level 5 Anaphylaxis to Peanuts and Tree Nuts.

common allergens
Anaphylaxis Food Allergy

Symptoms include 

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Reduced blood pressure (e.g., pale, weak pulse, confusion, loss of consciousness)

  • Weakness or fainting

  • Skin symptoms or swollen lips

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, cramping)


Cross Hatfield experienced every single symptom.

symptoms of anaphylaxis
Food Allergy Severity


  • Appx. 32 million people in the U.S have food allergies. 26 million of which are those 18+

  • 1 in 13 children have a food allergy- that's two in every classroom

  • Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergies have tripled from 1997-2008

  • There are 170 foods that can cause a reaction

  • A reaction sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes

  • 200,000 people require medical care every year

how severe are food allergies?
Anaphylaxis Food Allergy

Anaphylaxis is an extremely severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur within seconds or minutes to exposure to an allergen.

Symptoms can affect several areas of the body, including breathing and blood circulation, and requires epinephrine (adrenaline) within minutes of the reaction.

Those affected by anaphylaxis require emergency care immediately.

what is anaphylaxis?
Food Allergy Awareness Event

Celebrating Cross is the day we celebrate our survivor!

We have music, dancing, open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, silent auction, and dollar dance with the Guest of Honor!

Through awareness and education, we pray that compassion and understanding of food allergies are a priority for all. We are forever grateful for the nurses and doctors who fought fearlessly for Cross' recovery and for the opportunity to raise money and celebrate Cross as our Brave Anaphylactic Survivor in this special event.

what is 'celebrating cross'?

upcoming event

Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding our annual 'Celebrating Cross' Gala.

Thank you in advance for your support, encouragement, and prayers.

Take a look at Cross' Gala last year!


Take a look at our Third Annual Gala this year!

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