Make It A Family Affair: Have Fun And Raise Food Allergy Awareness

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It’s a fun activity for the whole family, raises food allergy awareness, and generates funds for programs and research.

In more than 50 cities across the U.S. people will soon be coming together for the FARE Walk For Food Allergy, an event that has raised over $24 million this past decade.

It’s easy to find a walk in your vicinity, or to make a donation, by going to FARE’s Walk For Food Allergy web page (link provided below), or check out FARE’s FoodAllergyWalk page on Facebook.

What The Walk Supports

The monies raised by these walks are used to support national food allergy initiatives and resources, such as:

  • Expanding our access to epinephrine by promoting the availability of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. These are devices not prescribed to certain individuals and are stocked in public places (e.g., schools/colleges, restaurants, theme parks, sports venues) for use in allergy emergencies.
  • The FARE Clinical Network, a collaboration between medical facilities created to ensure those with food allergies have access to the latest advances in diagnosis, research, and treatment. Under FARE’s leadership the member centers generate best practices for the care of food allergic patients, host clinical trials to develop new therapeutics, and contribute to the creation of a national food allergy patient registry, and bio-repositories.
  • A consensus study of food allergy by the Institute of Medicine, an independent, nonprofit organization. The study is addressing questions such as why food allergies have become more prevalent, prenatal and early-life determinants of food allergy, how to improve diagnosis, and what research gaps need to be filled. Answers to these questions will guide future research, education, and advocacy measures.
  • Expanding FARE’s College Food Allergy Program, an effort to improve the safety and quality of campus life for food allergic students. This program includes educational opportunities for university staff regarding disability services, the development of standard food allergy guidelines for colleges, educational materials for students with allergies, and creating an online database of the allergy accommodations offered by U.S. colleges and universities.
  • Funding campaigns that raise awareness of food allergy as a serious public health concern.

What an amazing list of worthy initiatives. So, consider gathering friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers, putting on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and pounding the pavement to make a positive difference in the lives of all individuals and families living with food allergy.

Sources: Food Allergy Walk Locations; Food Allergy; Facebook/FoodAllergyWalk Photo credit: Valerie Everett

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