Save Allergic Children's Lives in Schools
  • Petitioned United States Senate

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Save Allergic Children's Lives in Schools

    1. Gretchen Flores
    2. Petition by

      Gretchen Flores

      Aurora, CO

 

 

In honor of Sabrina Shannon, Megan Ayotte Lefort, Katelyn Carlson, and Amarria Johnson who died of their allergies, children in schools should be given access to life saving epi-pen injectors in the event of an allergy whether their is an action plan in place or not.  

Children with food allergies are at risk for anaphylaxis, a serious life threatening reaction that can rapidly close the airways of a child, causing death.  Nearly 6 million American children have potentially life threatening allergies.  Many families do not know that their child has a life threatening allergy until the first reaction, which can be deadly if not treated quickly.  

This is why it is important to be certain that life saving Epi-pens can be made available at school to all children in the case of an allergic reaction.  The lives of the above listed children, and many other children, might have been saved if an Epi-pen was available to them.

The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act is endorsed by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses, and introduced by Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.  

The cost to schools is just over $100.00 to make epinephrine available to prevent an unnecessary death of a child.  Please sign this petition to urge the U.S. Senate to pass this Act and save the lives of our children.  Thank you!

 

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Victory in Virginia

      Gretchen Flores
      Petition Organizer

      The EpiPen Law to stock Epi's in schools has gone into effect in Virginia! It's a bitter sweet day after Amarria Johnson's death prompted Virginia schools to put this law into effect. The good news is that this will save the lives of our precious children. The bad news is that it took a death for it to happen. Let's hope more schools will put this law into effect BEFORE another death occurs.

      Please help us make this happen by continuing to invite people to sign this petition. You can post a link to the petition on your Facebook page. You can also contact Change.org to request that this petition be featured. I have already made this request twice and hope to be pulled toward the top for more visibility.

      If you are so inspired you can also contact your local governor and representatives personally and add a link to this page. I love to see when it gets a burst of signatures and assume it is because you have passed it on to people who care!

      Blessings! Gretchen

    3. Here is a portion of the letter from our Colorado Senator, Michael Bennet

      Gretchen Flores
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for contacting me in regards to School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, S.1884. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

      As former Denver Public School Superintendent, I know firsthand the importance of keeping our kids healthy and ready to learn. And with allergies affecting more than 6 million children, it is vital that schools are able to quickly and adequately treat allergic reactions. I am pleased that Colorado is in the process of developing food allergy management guidelines to help ensure schools are prepared to treat students experiencing allergic reactions.

      School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act would ensure that epinephrine is available in schools to help treat students who experience allergic reactions. It would also ensure that school personnel are trained to properly administer epinephrine. As a member of this As a member of this Committee, I will keep your thoughts in mind as we consider this legislation.

    4. Please continue to help us save lives!

      Gretchen Flores
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning! The thought occurred to me that you can continue to help beyond your signature. If you feel inclined to go to your senator's website or also your governor and house representative you can write them a personal note and attach a link to this page asking them to read it and consider our request to stock schools with epi-pens. They are bombarded with requests and we don't want them to overlook this one. The more frequently we place this under their attention the more likely they will take time to consider it. I sent a personal link to my state senator, Mark Udall, and he wrote me back a few weeks later noting he had received my request.

      I thank you so much for your involvement in this and for your personal notes on the petition. I was brought to tears reading them, especially those of you who have lost children.

      Please continue to make a difference, take a few moments to contact your representative.

      I thank you so much for your time and effort!

      Gretchen Flores

    5. We passed 4,000 signatures!

      Gretchen Flores
      Petition Organizer

      I am thrilled we passed 4,000 signatures! This is so important and will save precious lives of children who need access to an epi-pen right away. When airways are closing only the epinephrine auto injector can slow down that process. Benadryl will only help with hives and minor reactions. Please help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures to alert the senate that this is an urgent and current issue.

      We couldn't have gotten here without your help so I thank you so much for signing and spreading the word. Please keep it going. Tell friends, family, school teachers etc... Another life cannot be lost! Thank you! Gretchen

      P.S. Many of you may have mailed in your letter which is also a great way to notify your local senator of the need. Keep the faith!

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. Thank you for signing this petition.

      Gretchen Flores
      Petition Organizer

      Lives will be saved! Help spread the word by posting the link on your Facebook pages or tweeting it on Twitter. We have passed 500 signatures already!!! Congratulations. --Gretchen

    8. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Dilly Campbell CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      All children should be safe n my granddaughter has allergies

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    • Robert Kelly EAU CLAIRE, WI
      • almost 2 years ago

      I myself carry an Epi-pen for dairy and tree nut allergies. My allergy to tree nuts is so bad I get reactions just from being near them. Kids should have the ability to use an Epi-pen in emergency situations.

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    • Noelle Anderson HOLLAND, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our daughter has a severe dairy allergy and I am scared to death what is going to happen when it is time for her to attend school.

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    • Minnie Fonseca BERWYN, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Bottom line, this measure can save lives. As a parent of a child with a severe tree nut allergy I can attest to the importance of having an epi-pen available at all times. My child attends a private school so this Act may not apply. However, I would advocate for the many children whose lives may be saved by this precaution. Please pass the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.

      Sincerely,

      Minnie Fonseca

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    • Alice Emmer YONKERS, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      My niece is had an allergic reaction to nuts and if it happened at a school, she may not have survived.

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