A 13-year-old girl from Idaho was pronounced dead from an “severe allergic response” after she consumed an allergen-containing food at a celebration for cheerleaders.
Reese Langer, of Eagle, Idaho, was diagnosed with an allergy to nuts “at an early age” and was required to be careful when it came to food.
“She was amazing at understanding what foods she couldn’t have and where those components would most likely be hidden,” her family members said on ReeseStrong.love the website they launched following her death to increase awareness of allergic reactions and raise money for EpiPens for those who are in need.
However, during a celebratory occasion on May 16 “Reese ate a dessert she thought was safe” and suffered an “severe allergic response.” The next day she died.
Langer was remembered by “her lovely spirit, pure heart, and contagious grin,” according to her family. Langer was an “proud cheerleader” at Idaho Cheer and loved swimming, camping as well as skiing. She also enjoyed helping her mother with her chores.
They said, “She lived life with greatest compassion and an instinctive capacity to make everyone around her feel loved and included.” “Reese was a joy to be around, lively and a wonderful friend to everybody. You couldn’t possibly know Reese without falling in love with her. Her joy and compassion for people shone brightly wherever she went. She could and would chat to anyone, and you didn’t want to leave her company.”
The Langers have teamed up with GoFundMe to raise funds in Reese’s name for EpiPens for allergy sufferers of all kinds The Langers note that a two-pack of the life-saving medication is currently priced at $669.82 with no insurance.
“ReeseStrong is here to assist alleviate the financial burden of EpiPens, as well as to establish a safe space where food allergies may be discussed,” they said.
Langer “would want us all to know that life is short – live completely, be compassionate, love deeply, and always give with all of your heart,” according to his family.
“Reese left an imprint on our hearts that we will never forget,” they declared. “Rest peacefully, lovely angel; we adore you.”