Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two teams of children wore red sneakers during a special soccer game in West Palm Beach, Fla. on December 10th to honor a star player who could not join them, but whose fondness for that color footwear was part of his lasting legacy.Oakley Debbs, an 11-year-old West Palm Beach boy, had died on Thanksgiving Day from an allergic reaction to nuts. Red sneakers were the only shoes he liked to wear.In his memory, his parents created the Red Sneakers Foundation to spread awareness of the dangers of nut allergies through educational programs, research and public policy initiatives.On Long Island, where Debbs occasionally spent his summers, students, teachers and parents at the Portledge School in Locust Valley celebrated Red Sneaker Day on December 2.They all wore his favorite color, too.Jack Fentress, a Portledge sixth-grader who’d befriended Debbs here, was overwhelmed by the support of his schoolmates for his friend, whom many of them had never met.“I’m really glad so many kids at school are supporting him,” said Fentress. “I’m really sad that he had to pass away and I’ll miss him a lot.”Students at Portledge School in Locust Valley wore red sneakers on Dec. 2 in remembrance of 11-year-old Oakley Debbs, who died of an allergy to nuts, and to raise awareness about the dangers posed by food allergies.Food allergies, particularly nut allergies, affect approximately 15 million Americans and about one in every 13 children, according to Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE), a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about such food allergies, at foodallergy.org. Anaphylaxis, the allergic reaction that caused Debb’s death, can be fatal if not immediately treated with epinephrine. In Debb’s case, the risk was compounded by his asthma. His previous allergic reactions had been successfully treated with Benadryl. This time, when his parents gave him that medication, his symptoms subsided, but it wasn’t enough to save his life.Portledge mom Jami Friedman could sympathize with Debb’s distraught parents.“Our oldest son has life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs, tree nuts and sesame, as well as asthma,” she said, “so this is a fear we live with on a daily basis. The Red Sneaker Foundation is a beautiful way to honor this young boy and bring awareness to the allergy epidemic.”Severe food allergies have increased nearly 50 percent between 1997 and 2011, but researchers do not have conclusive explanations for the cause, according to FARE. In memory of Oakley Debbs, The Red Sneakers Foundation is doing its part to inform the public and educate parents, children and physicians about the growing dangers of severe food allergies.The group’s hope is that one day red sneakers will come to symbolize this cause nationwide. For more on how to lend support and learn about upcoming Red Sneakers Days across the country, visit Red Sneaker Foundation’s Facebook page at facebook.com/redsneakersforoakley.Featured Photo: Students at Portledge School in Locust Valley celebrated Red Sneakers Day on Dec. 2, wearing red sneakers to honor the life of 11-year-old Oakley Debbs, who died from an allergic reaction to nuts, and to raise awareness about food allergies.
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The Living Word Missions, a faith based organization in collaboration with International Children’s Fund (ICF), has reached out to over 200 persons victimized by the January 23 fire disaster that left several of them homeless. The incident occurred in Telor Town, Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, where fire burnt down half of the town.Living Word Missions is based in Sanjanama Town, also in the county, from where it is providing the victims with relief items such as clothes and food.Telor Town is traditionally a fishing town with more than 1,000 inhabitants. The fire left about 200 residents homeless.The Founder and General Overseer of the Living Word Missions, Reverend Boakai B. Passewe, who presented the items to the victims on Wednesday, said the items were the organization’s way of empathizing with the victims.He put the cost of the donated items at US$1,000. He assured the victims of the organization’s willingness to provide additional support to include building materials.“After receiving the report of the fire, members of the Living Word Missions and the ICF were moved to come and say sorry to you in this manner. We want to say ‘never mind’ to you for such a sad incident,” Rev. Passewe consoled the victims before he presented the items. Telor Assistant Town Chief, Amadou Kiawu, who received the gift items on behalf of the victims, lauded the Living Word Missions and partners for the kind gesture and promised to distribute them equally among the victims.“We say thanks for coming to us, because God said when something happened to your brothers, you must show love and this is what you have done today. Extend our thanks and appreciations to the people of God and informed them that we wholeheartedly received the gift items,” Mr. Kiawu said. One of the elders, Job Nagbe, hailed Rev. Passewe and his organization for extending their kind gesture, especially during such a tragic fire incident that left many homeless.The Living Word Missions was established with the aim to provide educational opportunities to poverty- stricken children, as well as provide health care for the elderly, free-of-charge. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)