2013-10-11 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Be Careful
By Ilyassha Shivers

Each week I find myself searching for something to share with you, this week is no different. There are many things that are worthy of your time and I hope you consider this worthy as well. I am going to ask you to say a prayer for a special young man.

One of my many passions is coaching. For over five years I coached football for a local youth sports organization. Over the years I have been introduced to many families and I think of the children I have coached as my own.

A few days ago it was brought to my attention that one of my boys had an allergic reaction and was in a coma. I don't know if I can mention his name, so I will call him G. I have known G and his family for more than five years. This information came as a shock and a wake-up call. I have worked with children for more than ten years and I am fully aware of the many things that children can be allergic to. This is the first time that I have known of an allergic reaction to have these results.

I want to take this opportunity to not only ask you keep G in your prayers but I want to bring attention to children and food allergies. This is something that must be taken seriously. Many times you are not aware of an allergy until there is a reaction. You may be asked to send items for your child’s class party or for other occasions such as fall festivals. Make sure that you purchase items that are child friendly. It may take you a little longer to read the ingredients but make sure that the items that you give children are safe and will not trigger a reaction.

So I ask that you say a prayer for G and his family and take the extra time this holiday season to ensure that the treats you share are safe.

As always thank you for your support, email your thoughts and suggestions to me at shiverswave@gmail.com Remember to say a prayer for G and continue to read The Wave!

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