At our October 3, 2019 Parent-Principal Coffee, Principal Fishkin and guest speaker, Sue Kelly, led a discussion on how to manage food allergies in school. We discussed the most common types of food allergies, the signs and symptoms of an anaphylaxis allergic reaction, and the importance of food allergy awareness in schools.
Susan Kelly, BSN, RN is a 1996 graduate of the University of Scranton and works for Allergist and Immunologist, Marc J. Sicklick, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI in Cedarhurst, NY. She is also a food allergy and EOE mom, and recognized by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) as a support group leader for Friends Helping Friends Food Allergy Support Group. She focuses on providing fact based food allergy education and empowerment to over 1,600 online members. This group holds local meetings on Long Island and runs family activities, too. Susan’s advocacy includes writing and public speaking. She educates caregivers, communities, and public officials on the seriousness of food allergies and anaphylaxis recognition and response. Her co-authored article, “Just Keep Swimming” was recently published in the Food Allergy Anxiety Guide, Allergic Living Magazine’s first e-Magazine. In 2017, she was named the Lynbrook Community Citizen of the Year for her food allergy advocacy and education efforts in her hometown. In 2019, The Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN) recognized Susan as a positive social influencer for her education and outreach on social media.