“A big thank you to everyone!” 8 year old Maya would like to tell Dr. Nadeau and the entire staff at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford for their care during her food allergy trials. Wise beyond her years, Maya is a delightful and engaging child who has gone from being severely allergic to all nuts to eating a variety of nuts every day.
“I feel she’s safe out in the world now,” explains Maya’s mother Michelle, who happens to be a doctor herself.
The importance of clinical trials to finding a therapy for life-threatening food allergies compelled Michelle and her husband Marc to take another step in the advancement of allergy research—they joined the Center’s philanthropic family. “Food allergies are an epidemic and the numbers are only going to go up,” Michelle says. “That makes Stanford's research critical.”
When asked what advice she would give another family considering a food allergy trial, Michelle explains, “It’s really worth participating. The Center's clinical team under Dr. Nadeau knows how to keep kids safe while achieving good outcomes.”
Michelle says her daughter’s successful experience is a testament to the Center’s advances in researching therapies for food allergies. “I feel great about being in the study,” adds Maya, “and can have more fun with everyone now.”