Although she was my younger sister, I admired her more than she’ll ever know. I admired everything about her, from her wardrobe choices, to her neatness, to how well she baked, her ambition, her time management, her studious ways, and even her make up routine. However, above all those things, the one thing I admired the most about Andrea was how much she cared about making this world a better place. The amount of energy she put into researching and learning about controversial issues was unbelievable to me and every time she spoke about those topics, she spoke with so much passion whether it’d be about saving the seals or reducing the use of plastic water bottles, she would go above and beyond just to raise awareness for a good cause. And it brings a great amount of joy to know that her death will raise awareness that can save a life because that’s all Andrea was about, helping to improve the lives of others.

Growing up with a little sister who had multiple food allergies, my family and I were very cautious with the food that was being served to her. We were always prepared with numerous medications that would help minimize her reactions and of course, her epi-pen was always there.

Link to the Macleans story on Andrea

Cross contamination was an on-going concern when it came to the food that was being prepared for her. Despite us constantly reminding staff of her food allergies, we were never too sure how safe the food was for her. Throughout her life my sister had to live with that feeling of uncertainty; of potentially encountering a life-threatening food allergy and feeling that had there been a cure, she could have lived her life freely without any restrictions. It is time to look at what must be done to prevent these tragic incidents. It is time to find a cure for food allergies.