SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – For the parents of children with severe food allergies, they often don’t understand why others don’t comprehend the seriousness of the situation. I have actually heard some talk about the fact that these allergies are psychological, and reflect an overzealous diagnosis. In reality, however, they are all too real, and truly need to be taken more seriously. I don’t usually reach out and publish non-Shrewsbury information, but this is a story that needs to be driven into the minds of every parent, as this wonderful Hopkinton teen fell victim to such an event this week. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends, and while there can be no possible solace to be found, I hope that they at least see that from their experience, the rest of us can become more educated, and more sensitive, on this critical issue.
Abbie Benford, 15, of Hopkinton, passed away due to an anaphylactic reaction on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Boston Children‘s Hospital. Born in Alexandria, VA, she was the daughter of Amy (Brill) Benford and Stephen Benford of Hopkinton.
Besides her parents, Abbie leaves behind her brother, David Benford of Hopkinton; her Maternal Grandmother, Deanna Brill of Warwick, RI; her Aunt Lauri Cohen and husband Barry of Franklin, her Uncle Michael Brill of Warwick, RI; Paternal Grandmother Judith Benford of Wakefield, RI, and Paternal Grandfather, George Benford of Wakefield, RI, her Uncle Scott Benford of Narrangansett, RI, and her Aunt Stacie Ohsberg and husband Dale of Hampton Falls, NH.
Abbie was just shy of her 16th birthday which would have been on December 26th. She was a goalie on the Hopkinton High School Varsity Field Hockey Team. Abbie was never seen without a smile on her face. She was full of life, love and laughter.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 21st, from 2pm-7pm at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com A 10:00a.m. service will be held on Sunday, December 22nd, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, 670 Highland Ave. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Abbie’s memory to the Food Allergy and Research Education, 7925 Jones Branch Dr. Ste. 1100, McLean, VA. 22102 www.foodallergy.org