A million thank yous to the TinCaps for their “Peanut Free Night” on July 17. The extra time and effort taken by the staff to clean the park (and loss of revenue in peanut product sales) was greatly appreciated. This was the first baseball game we have felt relatively safe taking our 21/2-year-old daughter to since her peanut allergy diagnosis last summer.
Peanuts are such an embedded part of our culture, and it presents enormous stress on the family of an allergic child. Not only do we have to check and recheck the labels of every food or ingredient we feed her, we have to constantly monitor the environment around her.
Many people seem to have the impression that a peanut allergy is a fad, or even worse, a joke. Just the word “allergy” makes it sound silly and trivial, and pop culture has perpetuated that stereotype. People may not realize that just touching a peanut shell or a miniscule amount of peanut oil could send our baby into anaphylaxis, killing her in minutes.
Thank you to the TinCaps for helping grow awareness in our community of this serious and growing epidemic (peanut and tree nut allergy diagnoses tripled between 1997 and 2008). They are showing great respect and compassion to baseball fans in Fort Wayne with this disability.
Jennifer Poiry and Colby Prough