Heather Gass has lived with life-threatening food allergies since she was 4 years old, growing up in the 90’s when food allergies were first starting to gain attention. At 23 years old, she suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction at a restaurant, and it was a wake up call to start taking her food allergies seriously.
Heather became involved in food allergy advocacy after her son was diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies at 6 months old. Recently, she worked with her state representative to introduce two bills to the New Hampshire House of Representatives: HB1682 and HB1102 for food allergy plans in schools and required training for restaurant staff. In March, she travelled to Washington DC for FARE’s inaugural Courage at Congress event, where she met with her Representatives and Senators to share her food allergy struggles and urge sponsorship of the FASTER Act.
Heather shares her advocacy work and the daily struggles (and triumphs!) of food allergy life on Instagram at @food_allergy_advocate.