AllerMates

Our Story

Our story

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Hi, I’m Iris, mom to 3 awesome kids and founder and CEO of AllerMates. When my son Ben was diagnosed with severe food allergies and asthma, I wanted to find a way to teach him about his health concerns in a way that was fun and non-intimidating.

One day I drew up a few allergy-related characters and wrote funny stories and poems about them. My kids loved helping me come up with silly names for them. Next thing I knew their friends were asking to see the characters we had created again and again until they too knew all of their names and stories by heart.

They showed me that kids are eager to understand health issues when there is a friendly and engaging way to learn about them.

allermates was born.

As I began to create these fun things for kids to help educate and protect them, it occurred to me that parents could benefit from having easy-to-understand info, too. (Let’s face it… most of us do not have PhD’s to decode what our doctors tell us!) As Moms and Dads, we are our children’s first and best educators, and teaching them about their health is one of the most important things we do. It builds confidence and assists in keeping them safe as they navigate an unpredictable world.

Today, the AllerMates community is made up of thousands of parents, children, caregivers and educators, who rely on our simple, friendly and reliable resources to do just that. From our free online educational materials to our popular medical alert bracelets (now available in over 5,000 stores and in several countries – wow!) and beyond, we are here to help you and your kids grow stronger and healthier together!

Here’s to keeping our children safe :)

Iris

 

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See a few of the places Iris has been…

“Any parent knows that kids have a personal sense of style. That’s what Iris Shamus was counting on when she started AllerMates, a line of rubber bracelets, dog tags and expanding merchandise designed as medical alert jewelry for children with food allergies.” – Chicago Parent

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