Reese Langer Eagle Idaho cheerleader, 13, dies of food allergy after eating dessert. Teen mistakenly ate a sweet that was unsafe for her at cheer event.
Reese Langer, who was a student at Eagle Middle School, had been diligent about checking product labels since she was diagnosed with severe food allergies and asthma at a young age, CBS2 reported.
‘She was great about knowing what foods she couldn’t have and where those ingredients would likely be hiding,’ according to ReeseStrong, a nonprofit started by her family to raise awareness about food allergies.
But the teen mistakenly ate a sweet that was unsafe for her at the cheer event. The teen’s family didn’t specify what the item was.
Langer suffered a severe allergic reaction and died four days later on May 20.
Idaho teen celebrated
‘We prayed for a miracle but in reality, we received that 13 years ago. And we were so very blessed to have this beautiful soul in our lives,’ her mother, Heather, told CBS2.
Friends and family gathered Wednesday evening for a celebration of life for the teen.
‘I will always remember her for her sweet spirit, pure heart, and infectious smile,’ family friend Tiffany McKee told the gathering. ‘She lived life with a kindness and an innate ability to make people feel loved and included.’
The Langers hope to raise money in Reese’s honor to purchase EpiPens for others with allergies, and they noted that it now costs $669.82 for a two-pack of the life-saving medication without insurance.
‘ReeseStrong is here to help ease the financial burden of EpiPens, as well as to create a safe place with knowledge about food allergies,’ they said.