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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:36 pm 

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For Immediate Release

Monday 2006 May 29 08:25 ET

The Falls will be turned red and yellow on Tuesday evening. These are the colours of NASK - Niagara Anaphylaxis Support and Knowledge - which will paint Niagara in celebration of "Sabrina's Law". This private member's bill passed in Queens Park on May 16, 2005 and increases safety for students with anaphylaxis - life threatening allergies - in schools. Sabrina's Law requires all school boards in Ontario to have an anaphylaxis policy and each school Principal must implement a school-based plan that complies with Board policy. This law came into effect on January 1, 2006.

The lights will be turned on by Sara Shannon, an anaphylaxis advocate whose daughter, Sabrina, died from an in-school food allergic reaction in September 2003. Sara promised her daughter at her deathbed that she would do everything possible to prevent this tragedy from happening to another child, another family. In keeping to that promise, Sara visits Niagara and will turn the lights on at the falls on Tuesday May 30. She will change the colours on the falls from 9:15pm to 9:30pm, as a symbol of her continued work for Sabrina and the law named after her. Sabrina’s 16th birthday is May 29, 2006.

“‘Knowledge Saves Lives’ is the NASK motto and creating an allergy-aware Niagara is NASK’s vision” says Cindy Paskey, NASK Executive member. Debbie Monroe-Fessler, Event Organizer, says “Shining the red and yellow colours of NASK on the falls for Sabrina honours her legacy and raises the profile of anaphylaxis awareness."

This event will complement the butterfly bush planting taking place at Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School at 1:00 on Tuesday afternoon. "Niagara leads the way," said Paskey. “These special events are an opportunity for us, here in Niagara, to honour and thank Sabrina’s parents for their strength and courage in the face of personal tragedy.”

NASK is a nonprofit volunteer organization that serves individuals and families who live with anaphylaxis in Niagara communities. For more information, go to and

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Media Contact:

Cindy Paskey
T 905.934.0681
F 905.934.8423

Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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