Opinion: Funding a cure for food allergies

Story highlights

  • Food allergies affect 1 in 12 kids
  • For some kids, even trace amounts of allergens can cause serious reactions
  • Food allergy research needs better funding, Kim Hall says

Kim Hall is the co-founder of End Allergies Together, Inc. (EAT) a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization solely focused on raising money for food allergy research. EAT is committed to giving 100% of net proceeds directly to the scientists who strive to find solutions for this growing epidemic. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)My daughter, Lindsay, was 11 months old when I first fed her scrambled eggs with cheese. She immediately broke out in hives, threw up, and turned blue. She was going into anaphylactic shock.

A call to 911 saved her life.
How could a child who seemingly looked fine one minute be fighting for her life the next, all because of a common food?
    We soon learned that Lindsay was severely allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. Just a trace amount could be life threatening.
    Kim Hall
    That was a decade ago when the fear and panic set in. And we were not alone: 1 in 12 children is born with food allergies in the U.S., a number that continues to rise.