The Foundation is committed to building healthier communities throughout the Upper Cumberland and works in collaboration with local school systems, law-enforcement and community groups to secure Epipen Kits which allow organizations to be prepared to respond to a potentially deadly allergic reaction.

 

Anaphylactic shock or anaphylaxis is an extreme, life threatening, allergic reaction. It may occur after an insect sting, consuming food, or being exposed to chemicals, toxins or environmental antigens. Nearly two percent of Americans are at risk of anaphylaxis. An estimated one in thirteen children has some sort of food allergy.  

 

Each year the Foundation communicates with school health offices in the fourteen counties of the Upper Cumberland to ensure that each school has access to an epipen kit at no cost to the School. The Foundation also purchases epipen kits for traveling high-school sports teams in the school systems of DeKalb, Jackson, White, Clay, Cumberland, and Putnam Counties. 

Additionally, the Foundation currently supplies epipen kits for use in Putnam County Police and Sheriff's Department vehicles. Over the coming years, we hope to expand this program to additional high schools, law enforcement offices in rural communities, and organizations that are frequently active in the outdoors (like Boy Scouts etc).  Please contact the Foundation office if you would like to help us expand the epipen program.