Four Easy Ways Purchase Peanut Free Seating:
01Call Wolves Account Representative Art Antram at (847) 832-1943
02 Submit an online request using the form below and a Wolves representative will assist you.
03 Fax your completed order form to: (847) 724-1652 ATTN: Peanut Free
04 Mail in your completed order form to: Chicago Wolves, ATTN: Peanut Free, 2301 Ravine Way, Glenview, IL 60025
FOOD ALLERGIES DON’T SLOW EBBETT
When Andrew Ebbett was 13, he and his Pee Wee teammates were in southern British Columbia for an important tournament.
With two big games scheduled for the following day, the Vernon AAA Mustangs went out to dinner and fueled up on seafood. Ebbett enjoyed his scallops and lobster, but not for long once one of his allergies kicked in.
“I woke up in the middle of the night and was sick all night long,” Ebbett said. “That was probably the worst experience that I’ve had. That’s not something I’d wish on somebody else. I had popped blood vessels in my face. It was gross.”
Ebbett’s father was there to help him through the dreadful experience, which enabled him to play the next day. But Ebbett added shellfish to his list of things to avoid.
“I had a lot of allergies when I was little, but I’ve kind of grown out of most of them,” Ebbett said.
What remains are his allergies to shellfish and all nuts. During his four years on the University of Michigan’s hockey team, Ebbett’s teammates would chuckle when he’d get a “jelly and jelly” sandwich while everyone else received a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for their late-night snack.
His experiences --- and his empathy for children and adults who deal with allergies on a daily basis --- encouraged him to serve as the Wolves spokesman for Peanut-Free Day on March 24. The Wolves are dedicating one section in Allstate Arena to fans who need a nut-free environment.
Ebbett, who clearly hasn’t been held back by his allergies as he’s in his seventh season of professional hockey, encourages everyone with allergies to take precautions with their food, especially when dining out.
“If there’s something that you’re not sure about, just double-check,” he said. “Ask the waiter. Ask the waitress. It’s a lot easier that way and saves you in the long run.”
Facts About Food Allergies
Over the past 10 years, the incidence of food allergies has been increasing in developed countries worldwide. In the U.S., some 12 million people suffer from food allergies of varying degrees of severity—nearly 4% of children under age 18 and 3-4% of the overall population. There is no cure, and no therapy to prevent anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction—only emergency treatment to control a reaction that is already in progress.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis
- For some people, even a tiny trace of the wrong food can trigger an anaphylactic reaction. People with food allergies must always be vigilant. Dangerous trace amounts of problem foods may be found in poorly labeled processed foods, on cross-contaminated utensils or manufacturing equipment—even carried on another person's hands or transmitted through a kiss.
- The foods that most commonly cause anaphylaxis are peanut, tree nuts, and shellfish.
- Every year, food-allergic reactions account for some 203,000 emergency room visits—sending someone to the ER every three minutes.
Who Gets Food Allergies
- More than 6.5 million Americans are allergic to seafood and over 3 million are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.
- The number of children with peanut and tree nut allergies tripled from 1997-2008. Teens and young adults with these allergies appear to be at an increased risk for severe allergic reactions.