A few weeks ago, I was blessed to attend a Mylan Blogger’s Summit in Disneyland. Be looking for a future post to learn more about this summit and the things I learned and want to share with you.
One of our activities for the summit included an up close and personal look at Mylan’s EpiPen® On Location™ intiative with campaign ambassadors Auggie and Maha Maturo.
Auggie Maturo is a 7-year-old actor on “Girl Meets World,” that knows first-hand what it’s like to live with food allergies. As a young child, he experienced anaphylaxis before being diagnosed with multiple life-threatening allergies. Maha Maturo is Auggie’s mother.
The goal of Mylan’s EpiPen® On Location™ initiative is to help people with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies and their caregivers understand the importance of avoiding allergic triggers and having access to two epinephrine auto-injectors, such as EpiPen® (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injectors, at all times — whether at home, school, work or on vacation.
I have to say, I am truly impressed with this mother-son duo, and not because anyone asked me to say so. Maha is both endearingly kind and very down-to-earth. Although she is a paid spokesperson for the EpiPen® On Location™ campaign, there is no denying her personal commitment to educating others about food allergies.
When listening to Maha, I felt as though I was chatting with a close friend over a cup of coffee. Maha understands the triumphs and obstacles families with food allergies face today…and she knows what it is to walk in those shoes.
As an every day mother, I think of all the daily things I take into consideration for my own child’s allergies: meals, activities with friends, school, travel, sports, and more. Then I think of Maha doing each of those things for Auggie PLUS taking on Hollywood and all the food allergy obstacles that must come along with it. Yet, the number one thing I picked up on when Maha spoke was her willingness to educate others with kindness and the opportunities those actions have afforded her family.
Then, there is Auggie. This is a truly an amazing kiddo that sounds so much wiser than his seven years. Honestly, it was a joy to see this young man walk in a room and show the same kindness and wisdom his mother exhibits and see how that shapes his world view of food allergies.
Auggie is a child who loves lemonade, enjoys school and spending time with his family, and…oh yeah has multiple, life-threatening allergies. Auggie most definitely does NOT let his food allergies define him and lives life with great gusto and enthusiasm. He knows his allergies, understands the triggers, and still lives a very full life!
As the parent of a child it was a pleasure to visit with Auggie and I wish children living with food allergies across the globe could hear his message of positivity and perseverance!
But Auggie isn’t the only one with a life-saving message about food allergies, when you visit EpiPenOnLocation.com you can also read and watch testimonies given by Chef and Restaurant Owner Amanda Freitag and “Project Runway” Judge and Marie Clair Creative Director Nina Garcia.
To learn more about the campaign visit EpiPenOnLocation.com, and share the Ambassador videos to help spread the word. In addition to sharing important information about anaphylaxis, participants could win a vacation to Walt Disney World® Resort from Mylan during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival between Sept. 25 – Nov. 16, 2015. For each share include #OnLocationTips and #promo. Up to three shares per week will be counted as entries for the sweepstakes. For the official sweepstakes rules, visit www.epipen.com/EOLTC.