Ethan was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when he was eighteen months old. He had a severe reaction to just a taste of peanut butter. His face turned red and blotchy with severe hives. His face and his tongue immediately began to swell and he choked and gasped for breath. In this brief moment, everything about Ethan’s life and ours changed forever.
Ethan has a peanut allergy so severe that on a scale of 1-100, he is greater than 100. In addition, he has asthma so serious that he uses steroid and long acting inhalers each day. These two factors mean that if he is ever exposed to any kind of peanuts or their residue he could suffer anaphylactic shock. Without expert and quick assistance (his EpiPens and the ER) he could die. This joyous boy, so full of life and energy, lives every day with a condition that could cause his death.
Ethan was fitted with his first medical ID bracelet from Lauren’s Hope at age 2. His allergy bracelets give the paramedics and EMTs all the information they need to know in the case of a life threatening reaction. Ethan LOVES his Lauren’s Hope allergy bracelets and takes great pride in choosing them and showing them to all his friends. With a condition full of so many frightening things, this has been the part he loves best!
Physicians believe that a peanut allergy is the worst allergy to have. When coupled with asthma, it can be fatal. For Ethan, peanuts are potentially lethal. He has severe asthma and a life threatening peanut allergy (registering at the highest level on tests). Peanut products are everywhere in our society. Because of this hidden allergen, no matter how vigilant we are we still have a fear of what we can’t see and what we don’t know about. Peanuts, their powder, oil, and residue, could all be lethal for Ethan.
Now we know about Allergy Alert dogs, provided through Angel Service Dogs, Inc. These Allergy Alert dogs guard, sniff, and can potentially save the lives of children with lethal nut allergies. These skilled dogs receive intensive training in the detection of specific allergens such as nuts or dairy to which people are allergic. The Allergy Alert dogs alert children and adults to the presence of any nut allergens in their environment. We hope and pray that Ethan can be a proud owner of one of these wonderful dogs. Currently we are raising funds for Harley, an Allergy Alert dog that will be specially trained for Ethan and his specific allergies. Ethan will be able to live his life much more freely and with much less fear with Harley there to sniff out potential dangers. Angel Service Dogs, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. You can visit them at www.angelservicedogs.org.
Peanuts, in various forms, are everywhere in our society. Most people are not aware of the following statistics. One out of 125 children has a peanut allergy. During a ten-year span peanut allergies tripled among children (from 1997 to 2008). On average 100 to 150 people die each year from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Obtaining an Angel Service Dog will help Ethan from becoming one of those statistics. He’ll be able to lead a safer and more normal life without fear.
Please “like” us here on Facebook – “Ethan’s Angel Dog“. Follow our journey as we work to raise funds for Ethan’s Angel Dog. Soon our website will be up and running. You can visit us there soon at www.ethansangeldog.org
Please take time to watch his story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2twBCTIt2do
“The only thing predictable about food allergies, is that they are totally unpredictable.” – Alicia Poreda
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