You know your child with food allergies is an MVP!
She or he is truly like a National Football League MVP, too. Plus, he or she could meet NFL MVP Adrian Peterson (also known as “AP” or, as his mamma named him early on, “All Day”)!
First, learn AP’s food allergy story and how he is now always Ready2Go:
Adrian has life-threatening food allergies to shrimp, scallops, and lobster. He found this out at Minnesota Vikings Training Camp in 2012. Adrian was rushed to the hospital after eating a few bowls of seafood gumbo, one of his favorite meals.
As Mylan Specialty, makers of EpiPen (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors, explains: “Adrian had eaten this meal numerous times before with no issue, but on this particular day, his body reacted differently and he quickly began experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis.
“His trainer quickly recognized the anaphylaxis symptoms, and gave Adrian an EpiPen to administer in his thigh. In the meantime, the trainer called 911 so that Adrian could get to the hospital to receive emergency medical care. Following the incident, Adrian visited an allergist who confirmed that he had developed a severe allergy to shrimp, scallops, and lobster.”
Now, Adrian’s playbook includes spreading the word about the signs of anaphylaxis and treating it with epinephrine. He’s teamed up with Mylan Specialty and is running strong with the Ready2Go Draft. The program urges others to be Ready2Go, which means:
Be prepared: Know allergic triggers and how to avoid them, be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, and have access to two EpiPen Auto-Injectors at all times.
Be ready to respond: Be prepared to use EpiPen Auto-Injectors and seek emergency medical care, if anaphylaxis happens.
Show off your MVPs!
The Ready2Go Draft is a nationwide search for three kids who have life-threatening food allergies like Adrian. Entrants submit a 30-second or less video sharing a tip about avoiding allergic triggers. See how to enter here.
Adrian, Mylan Specialty and an allergist will select one winner from each of the following age groups (at time of entry): 5-9; 10-13 and 14-18. The winners will join Adrian’s Ready2Go MVP team and participate in a video/photo shoot with him to help educate others about the importance of being prepared in case anaphylaxis occurs.
As part of the shoot, each winner will also participate in a life-threatening (severe) allergy awareness session. Winners will be notified in July and must be available on the selected shoot date in August.
Thanks, Adrian and Mylan Specialty, for spreading the word on food allergies and anaphylaxis. We’re cheering for you all the way!
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