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Stacey's Marathon Challenge for Allergies and Asthma

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Stacey Lyons

THE STORY:

I am very excited to tell you about an event I am training for this Fall.  I am running my first marathon... The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. This marathon is a perfect opportunity to support a cause near and dear to me: AANMA which stands for the Allergy and Asthma Network- Mothers of Asthmatics. This important organization supports research and education in the field of allergies and asthma.  


Two of my three children, Brynn and Sean, have been treated for allergies since they were babies and both developed asthma by the age of two. They take daily medication to help them breathe better. Witnessing an asthma attack is one of the scariest things I have ever experienced. A doctor once told us an asthma attack is similar to trying to breathe through a tiny straw (ex. a Caprisun straw, cocktail straw, etc). Try it sometime...it is a shocking I am really hoping the medical research continues to advance and help people who suffer from asthma.  


In the food allergy department, Brynn continues to be vigilant about everything she eats. She is slowly outgrowing her milk and egg allergies! A big step for her is her daily food challenges. For the last two years, each day she has eaten foods that contain baked milk in breads, cakes, muffins, etc. She finally has graduated and has eaten her first slice of pizza, tried some sips of chocolate milk and has even tasted a small teaspoon of ice cream as well as a real piece of cheese.  We all take these foods for granted, but after 10 years of avoiding foods these types of foods, it is so exciting to see!  Having a little more freedom with what she can eat brings a huge smile to her face (and she discovered she loves real butter!).

Thanks to extensive medical research, she is eating more and more and she has come a long way. She will always have her severe peanut allergy, but we can only hope that the research funding through great organizations such as AANMA, will eventually lead to a cure.

The Marine Corps Marathon is on October 27, 2013. I have started my marathon training and it is hot! But, I try not to take for granted that I'm healthy and I'm able to run. I'm hopeful that my fundraising can help with further medical research funding for asthma and food allergies.   I appreciate any support you can provide...it really means so much to my family.

With hope and gratitude,

Stacey

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