I am JJ: Looking for Food Allergy Advocates

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If you are willing to volunteer in some capacity for this campaign, even if only a small amount of time, please email me directly at jj@thelandofcan.com.

Today starts the first full week of #OhPaCan. Collaborating with the Allison Rose Foundation and Red Sneakers for Oakley, our goal is to raise food allergy awareness and empower students in EVERY public elementary school in Ohio and Pennsylvania. And if we’re successful — WHEN we are successful — we will scale it to the nation. Ambitious? Of course. But it is doable, especially if we work together as a team.

But we can’t do it alone. I need your help.

I’m looking for a team of advocates to help us make this campaign a success! I’m looking for social media experts and project managers and marketing gurus and educators and ALL kind and caring people who believe in our cause, can help us to promote our GoFundMe far and wide, and can help us help young people with food allergies and their peers so they can soar!

When I started advocating in our community, I was at first taken aback by how territorial the food allergy community seemed. At times, it felt like a competition. I didn’t understand it — and it really hurt me when I literally was brushed aside and ignored by organizations, businesses and “influencers” I once respected. We are stronger together, and yet some were literally holding others back for fear that they would lose ground. If we were selling sneakers or bottled water that would be one thing. But we are helping kids!

So I made the decision that I would surround myself with people and organizations that share my vision and my belief that we are stronger when we collaborate.

If you are willing to volunteer in some capacity for this campaign, even if only a small amount of time, please email me directly at jj@thelandofcan.com.

Anyone who joins our team and helps will be listed as a CAN Advocate on our site and inside every book that we mail to schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania!

JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.