Food Allergy Blogger Summit

Food Allergy Blogger Summit

Blogger Summit Group Photo

Back row, from left: Keeley McGuire, Liana Burns of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Jenny Sprague, Cybele Pascal, Lindsey Steffensen, Elizabeth DiBurro, Tracy Bush Middle row, from left: Libby Ilson, Siobhan Cavanaugh of Mylan Specialty L.P., Kelly Rudnicki, Judy Morgitan of National Association of School  Nurses, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Lynda Mitchell of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, Tonya Winders of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of  Asthmatics, George Dahlman of Food Allergy Research & Education Front row, from left: Joanne LaSpina, Ruth LovettSmith, Lauren Kashtan of Mylan Specialty L.P., Lisa Rutter, Sloane Miller, Heidi Bayer, Caroline Moassessi

I was recently invited to New York City for a Food Allergy Blogger summit hosted by Mylan Specialty, makers of the EpiPen.

This was the 2nd #MylanSummit, the first being dubbed #EpiPenSummit on Twitter. It was a two-day whirlwind of education, information, laughs and tears.

I was fortunate enough to sit next to speaker Dr. Ruchi Gupta (author of “The Food Allergy Experience”) at a fabulous dinner prepared by Executive Chef Kelvin Fernandez at The Strand Hotel. We talked kids, food allergies, spouses and more. She is a well spoken woman, doctor and mother; but is also so very down to earth. What a breath of fresh air compared to some physicians.

I also reconnected with so many great food allergy bloggers. Not only are they writing, sharing and blogging; many of them are published authors, makers of allergy safe foods, advocates and so much more. They are the woman who are raising awareness, educating others and doing so many great things for our food allergy community.

A big surprise, from the last summit, was the representation from several non-profit allergy organizations. Lynda Mitchell of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, Tonya Winders of Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, Liana Burns of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and George Dahlman of Food Allergy Research and Education were also in attendance. It was AMAZING to see the four of them under one roof working together to educate and share information.

I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love to do and even more so to have a group of amazing woman in our food allergy community who I now call friends.

I’d like to thank Mylan Specialty L.P., Chandler Chicco Agency and everyone else who made this experience possible.

Those in Attendance:
Caroline Moassessi – Grateful Foodie
Cybele Pascal – CybelePascal-TheAllergyFriendlyCook
Elizabeth DiBurro – Easy Breezy Life
George Dahlman – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Heidi Bayer – Brooklyn Allergy Mom
Jenny D. Sprague – Multiple Food Allergy Help
Joanne LaSpina- Food Allergy Assistant
Judy Morgitan – National Association of School Nurses NASN
Keeley McGuire – Keeley McGuire
Kelly Rudnicki – Food Allergy Mama
Lauren Kashtan – Mylan Specialty L.P.
Liana Burns – Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America AAFA
Libby Ilson – The Allergic Kid
Lindsey Steffensen – Frugal Food Allergies
Lisa Rutter – No Nuts Mom Group
Lynda Mitchell – Kids With Food Allergies KFA
Ruchi Gupta, M.D., M.P.H. – RuchiGupta
Ruth LovettSmith – Best Allergy Sites
Sloane Miller – Please Don’t Pass the Nuts & Allergic Girl Resources
Tracy Bush – Nutrimom Inc.

Disclosure statement: I disclose in any communication made by me about EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector and/or the Mylan Specialty Blogger Summit that such communications is at my own discretion and based on my own opinion.  I also disclose that my travel expenses were compensated by Mylan Specialty in exchange for evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting.