Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00
Families are working together to take a bite out of food allergies.
Christine Restaino, along with her family and friends, is participating in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, an event that brings together thousands of Americans looking to raise money to find a cure for food allergies. Presented by Food Allergy Research & Education, walks occur throughout the year across the country, with the Long Island walk happening October 13 at Eisenhower Park.
The walk is a family-friendly event to fund food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Restaino’s own daughter, Kylie Rose, who will be 3-years-old this November, was diagnosed earlier this eyar with potentially life-threatening food allergies.
Kylie Rose is allergic to tree nuts and crabmeat, but it was not until a brief encounter with a walnut did she show any symptoms.
“I gave Kylie a piece of a walnut, she didn’t like it, spit it out and made my dad wipe off her tongue with a napkin,” said her mom. “She went in her room to take a nap and about an hour and a half after eating the nut, she was coughing in her sleep. It went from a dry cough to a loose cough and by the time I got into her room her eyes were red and watery, her nose was runny and she was crying. She was telling me she couldn’t cough anymore and she was calling for mommy. I was the one holding her but she was so confused that she didn’t know it was me.”
Restaino said her daughter was suffering from Anaphylactic shock.
“Since her diagnosis, I live in constant fear that she will eat the wrong thing and I won’t be able to save her,” she said. “I live everyday with my stomach in knots and tears in my eyes just thinking about what could happen to her.”
In an effort to try to make a difference and give her daughter a chance to live without the burden of food allergies, Restaino is walking with her daughter and her husband, Kylie’s daddy, Mike, in FARE Walk for Food Allergy.
According to FARE, severe food allergy affects up to 15 million people in the country, including one in 13 children. The most severe type of reaction, anaphylaxis, which can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, trouble breathing, dizziness and possibly death.
FARE’s goal for the Long Island walk is $135,000 — as of press time, the organization has raised over $55,000.
“I have personally raised $1,125 for my daughter’s team, ‘Team Kylie Rose.’ That wouldn’t be possible without the amazing generosity of our family and friends,” said Restaino. “We are determined to let Kylie Rose live as normal a life as possible and not to be discriminated against because of her allergy. She is the happiest, smartest, funniest and cutest little girl you will ever meet.”
The walk at Eisenhower Park walk is about two miles long and takes place rain or shine on October 13. Registration is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the walk starts immediately after a ceremony at 1 p.m.
To contribute to Team Kylie Rose or to register to walk with the team. visit www.foodallergywalk.org/kylie_rose.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.