The Bragas Take Food Allergy Message on Road in 2nd Annual, Cross-Country RV Journey – Family Partners with “perfectly free™” to Help Drive Food Allergy Awareness

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For the second consecutive year, Jerome, Jennifer, Leighton (8) and Shayla (6) are hitting the road in their customized 2014 RV Fifth Wheel to not only flee the New England winter, but to also share their food allergy story so that others may benefit.

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Leighton and Shayla Braga enjoying "perfectly free" frozen treats

“Our partnership with the 'perfectly free' brand, products that are free of the food allergens that present a risk to Shayla, provides us with additional resources to share our coping approach with other food allergy families,” said Jerome Braga.

What began as a way for the Braga family "to break free from the shackles of living with severe food allergies" has become a lifestyle they have fully embraced. Jerome Braga will be the first to admit that he and his wife, Jennifer, were missing the days when they didn't give a second thought to dining out, hopping on a plane or making a quick stop in a coffee shop. Those, however, were the days before what Braga calls the "gift" of food allergies led his family on a journey that he now says is full of "wonder, education, laughter and family time."

For the second consecutive year, Jerome, Jennifer, Leighton (8) and Shayla (6) have hit the road in their customized 2014 RV Fifth Wheel to not only flee the New England winter, but to also share their food allergy story so that others may benefit. And to do it an environment that is safest for Shayla, who is severely allergic to the top eight food allergens: dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nut, peanut, wheat/gluten, and soy. Being able to prepare allergy-free meals in an environment under the Braga's complete control is paramount, and Jerome says the spacious kitchen in his 41-foot- long RV is near-perfect for an allergy-free foodie lifestyle.

This year’s adventure started today, when the Bragas left their hometown of Middletown, Conn. for a trip that will take them south to Orlando, west to San Antonio, dotting the map through Arizona and Utah, then further west to San Diego and eventually back east by May via the southern US, including the Florida Keys. Along the way, the Bragas will be blogging about their journey and sharing stories on the family blog site, Our1Chance.com, and on social media sites including the Facebook page of sponsor – the "perfectly free™" brand, a Boston-based maker of snacks and treats that are free of the top eight food allergens.

“Raising awareness of food allergies is one way for us to contribute to improving the quality of life for the 15 million American children and adults with food allergies, including those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis,” Jerome Braga said. “Our partnership with the 'perfectly free' brand, products that are free of the food allergens that present a risk to Shayla, provides us with additional resources to get the word out and to share our coping approach with other food allergy families.”

Jud Horner, CMO of the "perfectly free" brand, said, "The Bragas are making a great contribution to the food allergy problem by sharing their successes in addressing it within their own family. Our contribution is to develop allergy-friendly food products that are delicious, fun to eat, and enhance the lives of those with food allergies. We're excited about being a sponsor of the Braga's great adventure and about sharing their travel log with our own customers."

About perfectly free™ allergy-friendly frozen treats
The perfectly free™ brand is committed to creating delicious “Big 8 Allergy-Friendly™” foods for everyone who desire a fuller, happier, healthier, free-from lifestyle. perfectly free™ contain only natural, premium ingredients that are non-GMO and free from the Big 8 food allergens: dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. All products are prepared in a dedicated, free-from facility. For more information, please visit http://www.perfectlyfree.com

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