Brittany Mahomes, co-owner of the Kansas City Current soccer team and wife of Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is stepping forward to help raise awareness of food allergies, which she knows all too well. Both her children, Sterling Sky, 2½ and Patrick “Bronze”, 1, suffer from the disease.
In an interview with People, she said:
I can relate to all moms and families out there that are dealing with children with severe food allergies. The holiday season is extremely difficult when gatherings and activities revolve around food, and it is so special to be able to help these people and reassure them that they are not alone.
Of her daughter, she said:
We’ve been aware of Sterling’s allergies since she was an infant. We’ve been learning more along the major childhood milestones and are so grateful to continue to discover helpful resources along the way.
She referred to an incident we reported on in August when her youngest suffered anaphylaxis at 6 months of age, prompting her to rush him to the hospital:
We recently found out my son Bronze has a severe peanut allergy, which led to a scary trip to the ER. It was one of the most terrifying days of my life. Fortunately, he was okay, but I’ve had to cope with this new way of living and ensure my family is safe inside the home and out.
Brittany is teaming with OWYN — a plant-based health and nutrition company and a member of the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership — to provide a $100,000 matching donation to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the nation’s leading nonprofit food allergy advocacy and funder of research into therapies and a cure.
Said Brittany of the gift to FARE:
My hope for this donation is to inspire change within the food allergy community. The ‘I Can’ campaign will help the +85 million Americans impacted by food allergies and intolerances. Supporting and empowering this community will aid in FARE’s transformative work in research, education and advocacy to improve the quality of life for these Americans.
[The donations] will help fund innovative breakthroughs in food allergy research and treatments [as well as help families by providing education] on how to live safely with food allergies and provide educational tools to schools and restaurants across the country to ensure that individuals with food allergies can enjoy mealtime worry-free.
In terms of her children’s food allergies, Brittany is aspirational. She told People:
I want Sterling and Bronze to grow up having a healthy relationship with food, and my goal as a mom is to ensure they feel safe and informed in case of emergency. We are learning so much.
You can donate to FARE and have your donation matched by the Mahomes and OWYN by clicking here.