Food Allergy Hero Spotlight: Alivia Ball
Alivia Ball shows that you’re never too young to make an impact and raise awareness for food allergies. Alivia is 9.5 years old and for the past four years has been running a lemonade stand to raise money for her FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk team in St. Louis. This year’s two lemonade stands had a 50’s theme and raised over $1,625 for her walk team. We asked her to tell us more about her allergies and her fundraiser:
What are your food allergies?
I am anaphylactic to tree nuts. I passed a peanut challenge, but still avoid peanuts because many peanuts are processed in the same factories as tree nuts. Oh, and watermelon too. I have oral allergy syndrome to most fruits.
What’s it like having food allergies?
It stinks and there are a lot of precautions you have to take.
Tell us about your lemonade stand.
This is my fourth annual lemonade stand. It has gotten bigger and bigger each year. I love how my mom lets me add new things (and the customers like it too). We have nut-free sweet treats, snow cones, popcorn, and lemonade!
Why did you want to do the lemonade stand? Why was it was important to you?
Well, when I started, I didn't really know why I was doing it. But then as I got older I realized why we were really doing it. Also, whenever we would go to my allergy walk, my team was the top fundraiser and that's when I noticed that's why we were getting the money at lemonade stand. We were doing it to raise money for food allergies. To help find a cure!
What advice would you give a kid or a friend who was just diagnosed with food allergies?
Don't let it pull you down. Even though it can be really hard, you're still the same as everybody else in your own way. Always make sure you're looking out for yourself and make sure that you educate others so they understand.
This year’s St Louis, MO Food Allergy Heroes Walk will be held on this Saturday, September 16. There is still time to register for this or another Food Allergy Heroes Walk. If there is no Food Allergy Heroes Walk near you, consider bringing a Hometown Heroes Community Walk to your hometown!