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Added May 16 2018

Good morning. I am Ryan Gruenenfelder, Director of Advocacy & Outreach for AARP Illinois.  I want to share my own personal story as an example why this legislation is needed.  In 1977, when I was 2 years old, I was given a peanut butter cookie when it was unbeknownst to anyone I was allergic to peanuts.  I went into anaphylactic shock and became unable to breathe.  Fortunately, my caregiver was able to rush me to the hospital in Sparta, Illinois quickly enough for those in the ER to save my life.  From that point forward throughout my childhood, my parents constantly had epi-pens in their cars and in the house in case it became necessary to try to save my life once again.  I cannot imagine the pain and fear my parents felt that day, and I feel fortunate they were able to have access to the life-saving drug I needed to protect me.  That same drug recently saw a 508% increase in price according to a GAO study.  Today’s children may not be as fortunate as I was in the 1970s.

Original article
https://states.aarp.org/hb-4900-press-conference-statement-by-ryan-gruenenfelder/
Date published
May 16, 2018
    AARP States - HB 4900 Press Conference: Statement by Ryan Gruenenfelder
    Good morning. I am Ryan Gruenenfelder, Director of Advocacy & Outreach for AARP Illinois. I want to share my own personal story as an example why this legislation is needed. In 1977, when I was 2 years old, I was given a peanut butter cookie when it was unbeknownst to anyone I was allergic to peanuts.
    https://states.aarp.org

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