Our Mission

Dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of food allergies through the creation of educational programs, community outreach and advocacy.

Inspired by the life of Oakley Debbs

Oakley loved his red sneakers, Red Sneakers for Oakley strives to ensure that no other child loses their life from exposure to nuts.

Nut allergies are a highly misunderstood and underappreciated public health crisis. Given the pervasive role nuts of all kinds play in our diets, it is crucial to build a greater understanding of the risks – and potentially lethal impact – nuts can have especially on children.

Asthma and allergies also pose a unique challenge to parents and families in recognizing the signs of their child going into anaphylactic shock.

To increase awareness and education, Red Sneakers will be producing a host of programs designed to highlight the problems and present solutions.


Father’s description of son Oakley recalls Martin Luther King’s words


“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.”


The vibrant, loving, adventuresome life described by Bobby may have enabled Oaks to “look over” and view, even in his tragically short lifespan, what has been promised to us all.

Click Here to read the full eulogy by Robert J. Debbs.

BRUCE A. MCALLISTER from the Daily News

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everything that was left from its origin would be the word.

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