Meet some of the great kids that we know with Five Off conditions.
Meet Ian. At 15 months old, shortly after his MMR vaccine, Ian began showing significant signs of Autism. He went from saying “mama” and “dada” and enjoying the thrill that came with shutting off a light switch and waving good-bye, to virtually no communication at all.
But Ian represents only 1 of every 68 children in the U.S. who are living with the staggering statistics of Autism.
With intensive therapy and unwavering devotion from his parents, Ian made great strides to leading a full life. He attended school, loved to hike, loved visiting his favorite beach in Coronado, California, and had a heart full of more love than the ocean itself.
Unfortunately, Ian passed away at just 13 years old, from a seizure disorder relating to his Autism. But in his short life, he lived every minute to the fullest.
Ian is the inspiration for the Five Off Foundation, and in his memory we hope to help change the lives of many people living with this debilitating condition.
Children living with Autism in the U.S. (according to the CDC)
2002: 1 in 150
2006: 1 in 110
2012: 1 in 88
2014: 1 in 68
Meet Sam. At 13 years old, Sam is an 8th grade honors’ student, quiz bowl captain, soccer player and cross-country runner. But at least five times a day he has to prick his finger for blood glucose tests, and before every meal he has to dose with insulin.
Sam has Type 1 Diabetes, an incurable autoimmune disorder that will present challenges for the rest of his life.
But he is not alone. The occurrence of childhood autoimmune disorders is now the highest it has ever been in U.S. history.
Although Sam can’t currently achieve his dream of attending the USAF Academy, because of his T1D, he has been writing letters to President O’Bama and is hopeful things may change before he graduates high school in 2020.
Instances of Childhood Autoimmune Disorders in the U.S.
1995: 1 in every 1000 children
2015: 1 in every 500 children
To doctors, she is part of a statistic that reveals a dramatic rise in asthma since 1980. To Mary Claire, she’s just a kid that tries to keep up with her two older brothers, and wishes she could have a kitten.
While Mary Claire can’t go anywhere without her inhaler, she doesn’t let that stop her from playing with her friends and taking on new challenges. With continued training, she’s even planning to run a 5k in Spring 2016.
Percentage of Children with Asthma in the U.S.
Meet Lucas. At 16 years old, Lucas is in his Jr. year of High School and is just learning to drive. He speaks fluent French, is on the tennis team, is a drum major for the High School marching band, and is the treasurer of his ASTRA club. What he can’t do is eat anything with eggs, beef, avocados, nuts or shellfish.
Lucas is part of the 6% of children in the U.S. with significant food allergies. Combined with his allergies to animals and grass, he must be vigilant to keep from having a severe allergic reaction leading to hospitalization.
With an Epi-pen always on hand, Lucas has become adept at watching out for the pitfalls of his allergies. The only thing he really wishes he could have… doughnuts!
Rise of Childhood Allergies in the U.S.
Food Allergies 1997: 3.4%
Food Allergies 2013: 6%
Skin Allergies 1997: 7.4%
Skin Allergies 2011: 12.5%