Monday, June 21, 2010

Frederick Keys Peanut-Free Night is June 24, 2010

Thanks to Meg at the Frederick Allergy and Asthma Center for sharing the following press release.
Frederick Allergist Sponsors Peanut-Free Night at Keys Game

Frederick, MD – (June 18, 2010) When it comes to the dangers of food allergies, Dr. Lourdes Brigida Hunter wants Keys fans to know the score.  For someone who is allergic to peanuts, a fun night at the ballpark can turn into a medical emergency.   

“An allergic reaction to peanuts can cause symptoms ranging from minor irritation to a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis,” said Dr. Hunter, a board-certified allergist.

“People with peanut allergies are always at risk of having a serious reaction, even if symptoms have been mild in the past.” An allergist can conduct a skin test to confirm the existence or non-existence of peanut allergy.

To raise awareness about the dangers of peanut allergies, Dr. Hunter is sponsoring the second annual “peanut-free night” at the Frederick Keys baseball game at on Thursday, June 24.  Game time is 7pm. The Keys will be taking on the Winston-Salem Dash in the first of a three-game series.  To prepare for the event, Harry Grove Stadium will be washed down multiple times prior to the game to create a safe, peanut-free environment for allergy sufferers.  Members of Dr. Hunter’s staff will be on hand to provide information about allergies and award a door prize.  One of Dr. Hunter’s patients will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch of the game. Another will be showcased in a video shown on the JumboTron. 

“We are so pleased to join with the Frederick Allergy and Asthma Center for this annual special event,” Keys Director of Public Relations Adam Pohl said. “We want the ballpark to be a place for everyone. A special night like this gives those who suffer with these allergies a time to get out and enjoy a professional baseball game with family and friends.” 

Frederick Allergy and Asthma Center is located at 201 Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick.  For more information call 301-360-0776 or