The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network's (FAAN™) Walk for Food Allergy , which is now held in more than 40 cities across the country as well as online, supports FAAN's efforts to increase awareness about food allergies and raise money for advocacy, education, and research.An estimated 15 million Americans, including nearly 6 million children, have a food allergy — that's 1 in 13 children. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that food allergies result in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children.
Registration for FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy is now open at www.foodallergywalk.org. Individuals, families, community groups, and anyone else wishing to raise funds for FAAN are encouraged to register and attend this family-friendly event. Registration is free.
FAAN raised approximately $2.4 million last year through the Walk program, and hopes to raise $3 million in 2011. Local communities benefit from the Walk through community outreach grants provided by FAAN to help fund food allergy education efforts.
“My family participated in the inaugural FAAN Walk in Fairfax, Va., back in 2004. My then three-year-old daughter, Nina, was so proud when our family won a trophy for being the top fundraiser. Nina is now nine and looking forward to lacing up her walking shoes again this year!” said FAAN CEO Maria L. Acebal. “With the number of children affected by food allergies rising, it’s more important than ever to educate the public about the severity of food allergy. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy not only raises awareness, but enables FAAN to better serve kids like Austin and Erica, my daughter Nina, and the millions of other individuals living with food allergies. When it comes down to it, that is why I walk, because I love someone with food allergies.”
A recently published study revealed that food allergy among children in the U.S. is more significant than previously thought; nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have had a severe reaction, and 30 percent have multiple food allergies.
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information, programs, and resources about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts as many as 15 million Americans, including nearly 6 million children. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has approximately 22,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 58 other countries. It is dedicated to raising public awareness, providing advocacy and education, and advancing research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. To become a member or for more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org.