Cookeville, TN – The Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation is providing 10 EpiPen kits to traveling sports teams at Cookeville High School, Monterey High School and Upperman High School. Kits are being purchased by the Foundation.
It is estimated that one in every thirteen children has an allergy that may lead to anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially deadly reaction. Often, allergies do not become apparent until children reach puberty. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that allergic reactions result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits each year among children under the age of eighteen.
“We want our community to be equipped to respond when an emergency situation arises,” said Dr. Charles Womack, supporter of the Foundation Epipen Project. “Once a youth has an anaphylactic reaction due to a food allergy, bee sting, or other allergic reaction, quick response is crucial. Youth on traveling sports teams are sometimes exposed to allergens or potential anaphylactic triggers outdoors, and equipping traveling high school sports teams with Epipen kits is a great first line of defense,” continued Womack.
The Epipen project is a collaborative effort between the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation and the Putnam County School System. Sponsors of the Epipen project include Dr. Womack, Dr. Sullivan Smith, Dr. Albert Hensel and the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center.
“I am so grateful to our sponsors and the collaborative efforts of the Putnam County School System for implementing this project. Having epipens on hand for high school sports teams could literally save lives,” said John Bell, Director of the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation.
Each Epipen kit will contain two epinephrine auto injectors and a training DVD. Training will be administered to coaches and appropriate high school staff in cooperation with the Coordinated School Health Program.
To make a donation toward the EpiPen program, or for more information about the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation, please visit www.CookevilleRegionalCharity.org or call 931-783-2003.