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 Post subject: Sabrina's Legacy
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:22 pm 

Joined: Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:23 pm
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Location: Kingston

Almost four years after Sabrina's Law came into effect, a local group is doing its part to ensure families know what they are entitled to under the law and school boards know their responsibilities.

The Ottawa Valley Anaphylaxis Resource (OVAR) Group began as a an outlet for parents of children with anaphylaxis to offer support to one another, but it is now is shifting its focus to serve as a resource for people with severe food allergies and educate the community at large about the importance of food safety.

Almost a year after the group was founded by Brenda Lammi of Lapasse, OVAR is hosting its first allergy awareness and education session.

On Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p. m. the documentary film Sabrina's Law will be shown at Zion Lutheran Church. Sabrina's Law is the first piece of legislation in the world to protect children with life-threatening allergies.

The law is named for Bishop Smith Catholic High School Sabrina Shannon who died in September 2003 after suffering an anaphylactic reaction when she ate cross-contaminated french fries in the school cafeteria.

Since her daughter's death Sara Shannon, allergy advocate and Anaphylaxis Canada volunteer, has dedicated much of her time to promoting allergy awareness and education.

Ms. Shannon will be on hand for the viewing of the documentary and to speak about what the law means for families of children with anaphylaxis and the schools they attend.

Dr. Charles Frankish, an allergist from Kanata and advocate for children's allergies, will also speak at the event.

In the past year OVAR has grown to seven regular members and two others that also attend the monthly meetings when they can. So far, the group has been so much more than what Ms. Lammi expected when she decided to reach out to other parents in Renfrew County. ... ?e=1916807


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:02 am 

Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:27 am
Posts: 81
Location: Ontario, Canada
I'm a member of OVAR and hope we have a great turnout. The more allergy awareness and education we can provide, the safer our kids will be. And with all the publicity of the even, maybe we will get some new members who may not have known about our group.

DS Sept 2006 - peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, coconut; contact reactions. Asthma. Many animal and environmental allergies.
DS Oct 1990 - Environmental allergies

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