Eloise's Allergy Crew
Our team is joining thousands of patients, families and supporters for the Cincinnati Walks for Kids to raise money to help advance cures and improve care for the children and families who are counting on Cincinnati Children’s for hope and healing. Please sponsor us!
Our family feels so fortunate to have a hospital full of incredibly talented and caring doctors so close to home in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Our family has experienced the first-rate care of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital first through our kind, silly, and strong son, Jarrett; he was the recipient of infancy ear tubes, corrective eye surgery, and diagnosis from a pulmonologist for a severe chronic cough.
After the birth of our sweet Eloise we found ourselves again visiting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital more than anticipated. At four months old, Eloise was diagnosed with a condition called Failure to Thrive. Her pediatrician referred us to Children's. The doctors at Children’s made certain to tell us the diagnosis has a terrible name. They said she should really be diagnosed with "failure to gain weight" because she IS thriving in all other ways. Failure to Thrive began her journey at Children's in their Gastroenterology department. Not too long after this, at six months old, Eloise was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy. Then, at seven months, she was diagnosed with a tree nut allergy. Finally, at eight months, she was diagnosed with an egg allergy after a reaction landed her in the Emergency Room. It is safe to say that Eloise’s journey of battling her food allergies with the help of doctors and nurses at Cincinnati Children’s has only begun.
So why are we walking? Eloise's life threatening food allergies are why. Only 20% of those with peanut and tree nut allergies will outgrow them. Food allergies are something that impacts our everyday existence. We are constantly worried about how we will protect Eloise. We worry about someone eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then later touching her pacifier. We worry about how we will protect her at school. We worry about how we will make her feel included, when she can't partake at birthday parties, class celebrations, etc. We pray that we are doing all that we can to prevent another threatening, anaphylactic reaction. Therefore, we walk to raise awareness of food allergies. We walk in hopes of new and innovative treatments. We walk for our children, and the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
So, who will walk with on this path to raise awareness, provide funds, and someday eradicate the causes of food allergies? I hope you will.