In addition, the arena will not serve any peanuts or peanut-related food items. For Fans who purchase tickets through this offer, Enjoy Life will provide a product sample goodie bag. A portion of the proceeds generated will go to support FARE.
Four Easy Ways To Purchase Peanut Free Seating:
01Call Wolves Account Executive Janel James at (847) 832-1982
02Submit an online request using the form below and a Wolves representative will assist you.
03Fax your completed order form to: (847) 724-1652 ATTN: Peanut Awareness
04 Mail in your completed order form to: Chicago Wolves, ATTN: Peanut Awareness, 2301 Ravine Way, Glenview, IL 60025
As the Chicago Wolves get ready to host Peanut Awareness Day on Oct. 27, forward Christian Hanson shares his experience as one of the more than three million Americans who suffers from a peanut allergy.
All he wanted to do was feed some ducks.
That innocuous act is how a young Christian Hanson discovered he had a severe peanut allergy.
“When I was a kid we were living up in New York and we were driving somewhere and there were some ducks by the side of the road, so we got out to feed the ducks from a bag of peanuts,” Hanson said. “We were tossing peanuts at the ducks and – this is just what I was told, I don’t remember any of it – I got back in the car and I had all the peanut debris on my hands and I was touching my face and my parents looked in the rearview mirror and they said I looked like something from The Goonies with my face all swollen up. They didn’t know what was wrong with me, so they took me to the doctor and he gave me an antihistamine and told my parents I had a nut allergy.”
Over the last 20 years, the Wolves forward has learned to manage his condition with a carefully crafted regime. But the nomadic lifestyle of the professional hockey player doesn’t always make it easy on him.
“It’s brutal. You have to be really cautious of your surroundings at all times,” he said. “One of the first things I do when I come to a (new) team is find the trainer and tell them I have a severe nut allergy and I ask if they keep EpiPens on hand because I carry them with me but I need to know the team has them too in the locker room and on the road and around the team at all times. And then you go to the team services person who books all the meals and tell them I have a nut allergy and ask them to make special note of it for when we have team meals and make sure there’s nothing with nuts. If there is anything, I ask them to let me know so I can stay away from it.”
Despite his efforts to create awareness and to be vigilant about food choices, Hanson faced his worst nightmare last season while playing for the Providence Bruins when a trainer wasn’t on high alert for cross contamination.
“Last year in Providence after our game our trainer was making postgame shakes and everyone knew I had a nut allergy. But someone who wasn’t playing in the game made a shake, a peanut butter and chocolate protein shake, and forgot to wash out the blender completely,” Hanson said. “The trainer wasn’t really paying attention and made shakes for all of us. I drank one not really thinking anything of it and a couple minutes later my stomach started feeling upset. A couple minutes later one of the guys asked me why my eyes were getting so red and I started getting really hot. I asked the trainer what was in the shake and he said just protein and Gatorade, but then he thought about it for a second and was like, ‘Oh, I didn’t wash out the blender and there was peanut butter in there from the last one.’ Even just that little amount blended up into 20 shakes and me drinking just 1/20 had an effect. That was fun. I was wearing my suit and they had to give me an EpiPen in the locker room, put me on a stretcher and wheel me out in my suit past the other team who were getting dressed after the game and I had to go to the hospital and spend the night in the hospital.”
Still, in spite of the occasional scare, Hanson has never let his allergy get him down. As kids gear up for Halloween this year, many who suffer from peanut allergies will be able to find “certified peanut-free” candy they can enjoy without fear. Hanson wasn’t so lucky growing up, but he refuses to admit he missed out.
“I didn’t know any different,” he said. “Everything they have now is great. Kids can get candy from places that are certified peanut-free and they have the bracelets and the necklaces, but I didn’t have any of that because it wasn’t around when I was a kid. I made do with what I had. I think my parents and my sisters loved it more than anything because I would go out on Halloween and come back with a huge pillowcase of candy and flip it over and they’d just go to town on everything that fell out, taking everything that had nuts in it. I think they enjoyed Halloween more than I did.
“Ultimately, this is something that I’ve just grown accustomed to because I don’t know any different. But it’s something I really have to pay attention to.”
Facts About Food Allergies
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.