Life StoryJune/July 2009 Issue

Schools for Food Allergic Children

Jackie and Christopher Dodd with daughters Christina, age 4, and Grace, age 7.

Schools for Food Allergic Children

Jackie Clegg Dodd wants safer schools for food-allergic kids.

Jackie Dodd and her husband, U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), are advocates for the food allergic. In February, Chris Dodd introduced the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, a bill to establish consistent guidelines for managing food allergies in the nation's schools throughout the nation. The Dodd’s interest in this topic is both political and personal. Their daughter Grace has multiple, severe food allergies. The 7-year-old, who has been through anaphylaxis four times, is allergic to six of the top eight food allergens, plus tropical fruit, chickpea, avocado, watermelon and others. Living Without editor Alicia Woodward talks with Jackie Dodd about raising a food-allergic child and the importance of providing schools with allergy guidelines.

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