A Lesson For Every Child: Learning About Food Allergies

Updated: May 25


By Sally Huss with Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino


With a long history as an advocate for those with food allergies, and especially children, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino contacted author/illustrator Sally Huss to see if she would consider doing a children’s book on the subject. After researching the subject and understanding the need, Sally jumped in. Elizabeth provided the guidelines and offered significant points needed in such a book. After the text was written, the two honed the details and the book was created. Elizabeth added her special expertise in the area of promotion by providing outstanding endorsements for the book. We would like to thank Joe Sperle for introducing us.


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Learning was everything to Mrs. Emerson. So when a new student was brought into her classroom, Mrs. Emerson was delighted because she learned that this young man knew something that everyone needed to know. She said that Jack was just like everyone else, except for one thing – he had food allergies. “Would you like to explain that to us, Jack?”


A bit hesitant, Jack began telling his classmates what it was like to have food allergies, what the dangers were, and what he had to do to protect himself, or even save himself if he had an allergic reaction. The students listened attentively and then applauded him when their teacher praised his courage. “Jack has faced a difficult situation and handled it. He is an example of someone who has tremendous self-discipline. Anyone who has that can do anything!”


Jack left school that day with a new spring in his step and a classroom full of new friends.


This book is endorsed by Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), MedicAlert® Foundation, Elijah Alavi Foundation, The Love for Giovanni Foundation, No Nut Traveler, and Food Allergy Zone.


About Sally Huss:


Sally Huss has been an artist and writer all of her life. She attended Occidental College for three years before graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Fine Art. At the same time Sally was developing her artistic skills, she was developing her tennis skills, becoming a Wimbledon and US National Junior Champion, and eventually a Wimbledon semi-finalist in the Women's Division in both singles and doubles.


Sally played prior to the open era in tennis. There was no prize money at that time. Through her tennis connections, she ended up working in television in Los Angeles and then in film for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Eventually, she ran Paul Simon’s music publishing company in Beverly Hills.


After studying movement therapy and Zen, Sally returned to the tennis courts teaching her special brand of tennis. Her clients included Barbra Streisand, Joe Gray, Larry Hagman, Valerie Perrine, Helen Reddy, etc.


It was on a tennis court in Beverly Hills that Sally met her match – Marv Huss. The two were married in Aspen, Colorado in 1976. Marv, a fine tennis player himself, had been the Director of National Advertising and Promotion for Hallmark Cards, and had created the original Hallmark card shops. The two combined their talents in business, tennis and art by first developing The Aspen Club, a luxury health spa and tennis club with eleven outdoor courts, two indoor courts, sixteen racquetball courts, two squash courts, a restaurant, bar, twelve spectacular condominiums, and 1,500 members. Sally became the first woman head tennis professional there and played a "Battle of the Sexes" against the infamous Bobby Riggs to promote the club’s opening.


After their son Michael was born, the Husses returned to California and used their other expertise – that of art and art promotion. The first Sally Huss Gallery was opened in Laguna Beach in the early 1980's. Within the next twelve years the number of Sally Huss Galleries grew to twenty-six across the country with others in Tokyo and Switzerland. Each gallery was filled with Sally's art and licensed products as well as her happy sayings.


Sweet and whimsical images danced across all of her creations. Whether in the form of original paintings, clothing, purses, wallpaper, greeting cards, ceramics, baby bibs or children's books, and her syndicated newspaper panel Happy Musings. All of her work was, and still is, happy in nature and free-spirited in style. She is well known for her beach scenes, florals and more recently her contemporary landscapes. Sally's art has found its way into millions of homes across the country, including those of Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Larry Hagman, Joel Gray, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Mitt Romney.


With the closing of the galleries after 9/11, Sally began focusing exclusively on her children’s books. Now the number has reached over 82 books with another 45 variations (multicultural and Spanish versions.) All may be found through her website and on Amazon. All of the books focus on social/emotional issues and are designed to uplift the lives of children everywhere.


Presently Sally and Marv live in Colorado Springs where Sally continues to paint, write, and illustrate her books, as well as play a little social tennis.


To learn more about Sally Huss visit: SallyHuss.com


About Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino:


Elizabeth is one of America's foremost personal and corporate personal development consultants, as well as, the CEO of Compliance4 and the CEO and Founder of Best Ever You. Additionally, Elizabeth is the best-selling author of PERCOLATE - Let Your Best Self Filter Through (Hay House Publishing) and The Pinky Doodle Bug series (Waldorf Publishing). For over 20 years, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino has been an advocate for food allergy awareness and is a spokesperson for the MedicAlert Foundation and FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team) and is the co-founder of Food Allergy Zone with Brian Hom. Living with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish for over 24 years, Elizabeth knows the risks and challenges of this condition personally and the need for greater awareness of food allergies worldwide. Elizabeth is an honors graduate of St. Ambrose University and currently attends Harvard Business School for Leadership.


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