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Kids to lobby Congress for food allergy bill

More than 80 children will be heading to Washington, D.C., to personally deliver to Congress the message: Pass food allergy legislation for schools and fund food allergy research.

One of those children is Joshua Smith, 8, of Lancaster. Smith was selected by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to become a junior ambassador for the event, to be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.

Junior ambassadors will be urging legislators to pass the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act, which calls for voluntary national guidelines to help schools manage students affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis.

The Junior Ambassadors will travel to Capitol Hill to meet their legislators and tell their stories. The experience is designed to give kids the opportunity to give lawmakers accounts of what it's like to live with food allergies, a potentially life-threatening condition that affects millions of children in the United States.

Smith is a student at Tabernacle Christian Academy in Nicholasville.

For more information about FAAN's Kids' Congress on Capitol Hill, visit www.foodallergy.org.

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