Going to Washington, D.C., to watch Congress in action is something many 9-year-olds would find exciting. When Cameron has visited Washington, he went not as a tourist, but as a severe food allergy sufferer who shared his experience. While there, he lobbied legislators like Sen. Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on funding for food allergy education and research as well as support for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act. The act guides schools across the country on how to create management and emergency plans for children with food allergies.
Cameron, a catcher for his Little League baseball team, sees an allergist to help manage his allergies to peanuts and chocolate. He also gets allergy shots to help him overcome the environmental allergies that used to leave him regularly with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. Seeing an allergist has made “a world of difference,” says Tammy, Cameron’s mom. In fact, Cameron’s mom, dad and little sister Adriana all now see an allergist.
Cameron also lobbies closer to home, explaining to his friends why he has to be careful about what he eats and touches. “I have good friends who understand food allergies,” he says. “They stick up for me.”