Kendall Cappel’s Senior Project: A Living Nutmare
By Sydney Schultz
Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies and can cause a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction anaphylaxis, this is according to FARE, the Food Allergy Research and Education Inc. website. Because of this and her own allergy to peanuts, senior Kendall Cappel has focused her Senior Project on peanut allergy awareness and advocacy
On Thursday, March 27, Cappel gave a presentation in the library to students and staff members about the importance of learning how to use an Epi-Pen because it could save the life of someone having an allergic reaction. She gave an effective and engaging PowerPoint presentation, and included the audience in her presentation through a question and answer session. After the presentation, she gave out peanut-free gift bags includingFrench Chews, Ring Pops, Push Pops, Smarties, and many other treats.
Cappel’s main goal is to educate the Seton faculty and students on how to recognize signs of anaphylaxis and when and how to use an Epi-Pen. She decided she wanted to pursue this as her Senior Project because she has a serious peanut allergy herself. Cappel said, “I want people of the Seton community to understand that they can save the life of an allergy sufferer. This is an important subject because more and more people are developing allergies to many different kinds of foods. My hope is that one day we will find a cure for peanut allergies, but until that time, I want to spread the word that people can be proactive about the allergies and help others understand their severity.”
Cappel hopes to make a difference in the allergy community. Through many training seminars she has attended and her blog, she is ultimately raising awareness for peanut allergies and educating others about it. Her blog, alivingnutmare.com, is about “the joys and pains of living in a nut-filled world,” and has several posts about her own personal experiences.