Country Star Shares Experience with Daughter’s Food Allergy

The country star Trace Adkins participated in the NBC show The Celebrity Apprentice to win a donation of $250,000 to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and raise awareness of the growing numbers of children with food allergies -- like his 6-year-old daughter, Brianna:

“She’s allergic to all nuts, all dairy and eggs,” says Adkins. “It’s something we deal with and have to be vigilant about on a daily basis. We have to keep the Benadryl, the Epi-pen, all that stuff."

There are three million school-age kids and 12 million people overall in this country today who have severe food allergies. It’s deadly. It can kill people,” Adkins says. “So I’m just trying to raise awareness of the extent of this problem.”

Trace Adkins on NBC

The 6-year-old Brianna is one of Trace’s advisers -- she suggested he release “Ladies Love Country Boys” as a single that turned into a No. 1 hit:

The official music video for Trace Adkins' "Ladies Love Country Boys" -- the little blonde girl who spots Trace in the alley at the end of the video is his daughter.

Eight top allergens account for 90 percent of all food allergies. See more Allergy and Immunology mind maps here.

Although Donald Trump ultimately "hired" his rival Piers Morgan, Trace Adkins achieved his goal by making many of the 10 million viewers of the show aware of the danger of food allergies.

Amid Protest, Florida School Stands Behind Tough New Peanut Allergy Regulations - Little evidence to back this approach:

YouTube: Trace Adkins Meets The Backstreet Boys, learns what a "wheat grass juice" is and talks about the meeting in Trump's boardroom.
Interview: Trace Adkins' Family Talks About Coping with Food Allergies. AAAAI, 2009.

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