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“By being able to overcome life-threatening food allergies, I learned to persevere through challenges instead of avoiding them.”
—JARED CHIN, 16, CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPANT
When Jared Chin was 4, he was diagnosed with severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. Just two weeks later, while on a family trip to San Diego, he had his first anaphylactic reaction. After that terrifying event, Jared became anxious about eating and his family started home-schooling him to keep him safe.
At age 9, Jared enrolled in an oral immunotherapy clinical trial at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University to desensitize his body to his allergens. A year later, Jared was able to encounter his allergens without a reaction.
Today, he is grateful for how the trial changed his life. Jared, now 16, even participated in the 2022 Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim and raised more than $7,000 for allergy research. Way to go, Jared!