In March 2021, 11-year-old River joined a pilot immunotherapy research project at BC Children's Hospital. The innovative study aims to treat food allergies by mixing peanut powder with water and placing a tiny drop under the tongue in increasing amounts. The goal is that River would slowly become desensitized to peanuts, making the chance of a life-threatening reaction due to an accidental exposure less likely.
“It was mind-blowing to watch her slowly tolerate more and more of a protein that previously caused such an intense allergic reaction that she couldn’t breathe. We're so grateful to the team at BC Children's Hospital. They are committed to finding life-changing treatments for kids, and it is because of them that we are hopeful for a safer, healthier future for Riv where all her dreams are realized.”
– Lisa, River’s mom