Food allergies affect many well-known celebrities. Meanwhile, food allergy advocacy groups often struggle to be noticed. Except for families who have a child with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts or another food, most people don’t worry much about the issue.
But now the problem of food allergies is in the national spotlight, thanks to country music star Trace Adkins, who last week ended a stint on Donald Trump’s popular NBC program “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Although contestants in the original “Apprentice” competed to work for Mr. Trump, the celebrities were competing to win donations for their favorite charities.
In addition to money raised during the show, the celebrity winner also receives a $250,000 bonus for his or her charity. Mr. Adkins, the show’s nice-guy favorite, picked the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a group he says has helped his family cope with his daughter’s severe food allergies.
In the show’s finale, Mr. Adkins lost to British television personality and former tabloid editor Piers Morgan, and the $250,000 went to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports both severely injured war veterans and families of United States military personnel killed in Iraq and elsewhere.
But the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, or FAAN, got a bonus of its own. At the show’s finale, Mr. Adkins performed his current hit single, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” which is topping the country charts. Between March 27 and April 10, the music site iTunes will donate proceeds from the sale of the song to FAAN.
Source: New York Times