McLean, Va. (Aug. 21, 2013) – In communities nationwide, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Walk for Food Allergy, presented by Mylan, is bringing together thousands of Americans to raise critical funds and awareness for life-threatening food allergies. This national program raises funds to create educational resources, advance advocacy priorities, invest in world-class research to find a cure and raise awareness of food allergies as a serious and growing public health issue. FARE is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to food allergies.
With more than 60 walks in 2013, the FARE Walk for Food Allergy unites all those who are seeking a safe and inclusive world for people with food allergies. This potentially life-threatening disease affects up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.
The FARE Walk for Food Allergy has raised $16 million since its inception in 2004. These funds enable FARE to develop much needed educational materials, such as emergency care plans, trainings and webinars; lead efforts to expand the availability of emergency epinephrine in schools; and invest in research that seeks to advance treatment to prevent life-threatening allergic reactions.
“A food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. Sadly, children with food allergies know that one bite of the wrong food could have dangerous consequences, including anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly reaction. But it does not have to be that way. We are making great progress in developing life-saving treatments and programs,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “Thanks to our generous sponsors and dedicated supporters, the day will come when we say FAREwell to food allergies.”
More than 50 walks are scheduled throughout the country in the next three months. Each walk is a unique family-friendly event that presents a great opportunity to take part in an important cause while changing the face of this life-altering and life-threatening disease.
“Mylan is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy events for the seventh consecutive year,” said Roger D. Graham, Jr., president of Mylan Specialty. “As the prevalence of food allergies continues to rise, partnering with a leading organization like FARE to support these educational events is a critical part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness of and preparedness for anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.”
Mylan is the presenting sponsor of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy.
Additional national sponsors include: Sanofi (Elite Sponsor); So Delicious Dairy Free and SunButter (Platinum Sponsors); Enjoy Life, Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP Peanut Component Testing and Van’s Natural Foods (Silver Sponsors); and TOYOTA, Abbott, and Allergic Living (Bronze Sponsors).
To find a walk, register or donate, visit www.foodallergywalk.org.