Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Most of us eat our meals without giving it a second thought. But in the Ray house, they are careful to use a certain spoon, certain milk and a certain juice cup for 5-year-old Ryan.
Now his family is participating in the FARE Walk this weekend. FARE stands for Food Allergy Research and Education.
Ryan Ray has become a food expert. He knows exactly what food to avoid. And if he's unsure, big sister Stella helps protect him. "I worry and sometimes I know how to handle it. If it's soy, it's a little bit of a deal because soy makes him itchy. I can handle that. But if he's wheezing, coughing, stomach hurts, that's a problem."
Ryan is like millions of Americans with severe food allergies. "I can't eat all sorts of food like egg, dairy, soy, mustard, avocado, melons."
So mom Kellye spends her days reading labels and making special food that Ryan can eat. Husband Robert says its a full time job for his wife. "It was a lot of experimenting. A lot of stress. Kellye had to understand how to deal with a child with food allergies. It was a matter of finding out what he was allergic to and what he wasn't. That was half the battle."
Now this family that bakes safe food together will be walking together, to support little Ryan and the people just like him. Mom Kellye says it's personal. "We want to help raise awareness and raise money for research and education and create a world that is safer for him and the other 50-million people who have food allergies."
The FARE Walk is at 10 a.m. on Saturday at The District at Green Valley Ranch.