Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

Are you under the age of 25 and a student with life-threatening allergies, entering post-secondary education or already enrolled? This award is dedicated to Sabrina Shannon, a teenager who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction. This award is meant to help keep Sabrina’s spirit alive as well as her enthusiasm and energy.

If you or someone you know is making a valuable contribution to the community by raising awareness and educating, then do not miss the deadline for this award. More details can be found on the Why Risk It? website below.

As one of the recipients of this award in 2010, I felt honored and even more keen than ever before to keep raising awareness and educating. If you are eligible for this award, I highly recommend you apply, even if you do not feel you have really contributed as much as others may have.

Believe me when I say that writing the essay is a great way to see where you are now, and where you may have come from. For me, the process of writing the essay helped bring certain things from my past to rest. I was able to appreciate how far I have come from where I used to be. My asthma used to be worse than now, and I had a hard time fitting in and accepting the challenges I faced, though that changed significantly. We often keep a lot more to ourselves than is really healthy and writing it down, or expressing it with art or other can really help.

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