RED SNEAKERS FOR OAKLEY
Red Sneakers for Oakley is committed to educating and advocating for food allergy awareness.
Today the Red Sneakers have become the worldwide symbol that represents the urgent need for allergy awareness and greater educational research into this escalating epidemic.
Oakley was the 11-year-old son to Robert and Merrill, and twin brother to Olivia Debbs. He suffered from both extreme asthma and an allergy to nuts. The Debbs believe that Oakley’s allergies were not properly diagnosed and that the necessary precautions were never discussed regarding the onset or severity of anaphylaxis. After the tragic death of Oakley due to a fatal allergic reaction to a walnut extract, the Debbs quickly started Red Sneakers for Oakley. Oakley loved his red sneakers and the family quickly realized they should use these sneakers as a powerful symbol for increased education and awareness for all people. Red Sneakers for Oakley immediately gained national exposure through supporters wearing red sneakers and posting their photos on social media. They have since launched a multi-pronged approach to enable its mission and mobilize people to take action.