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Tackle Dennis Kelly
Cause: FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)
Shoe size: 17
Titans tackle Dennis Kelly had heard stories about people living with food allergies.
When his young daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy, it really opened his eyes to the issues surrounding the condition.
Kelly's cause for My Cause My Cleats is FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education). He wants to bring more attention to everything surrounding food allergies in an effort to help those dealing with allergies.
"It's one of those things where until we started living in the world of food allergies, we didn't fully understand the constant threat and the constant changes their diet and lifestyle has to deal with," Kelly said, "and the changes that are needed for it."
While Kelly was in college at Purdue, his roommate's girlfriend had a peanut allergy, so he was kind of aware.
Then Kelly and his wife found out their oldest daughter, Eden, is allergic to eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
Now, instead of just looking at ingredients in food, the couple worries about things like where foods are processed, what her friends are eating and sharing, as well as concerns with cross-contamination.
"Until I was fully involved in it, I didn't realize how detailed it is and how in-depth it is," Kelly said. "And even those who want to be helpful still don't understand because there is not a lot of awareness yet, at least not enough to make sure everyone is safe.
"So it is definitely something that has impacted our lives, and we're just trying to make her life, and everyone else's lives that have allergies, easier."