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A Decade of Exemplary Service to the Community

Mary Jane Marchisotto

When Mary Jane Marchisotto first joined the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), she brought with her 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and little to no experience in food allergy. But while her knowledge of the space at the time was limited at the time of her joining FAI, she had an unbounded dedication to advancing research toward a cure for this potentially life-threatening disease. 

She quickly became an expert in her new field and over the last decade, has amassed a long list of accomplishments that have made an...

“A Major Part of Independence Is Learning From Your Mistakes”

An Independence Day guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Zachary Brunet, who considers the meaning of independence in the context of growing up with food allergies. Zachary, age 16, is from Houston, TX. He is a junior in high school at Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISM) in Princeton, NJ.

What does independence mean to me? That’s a question I’ve been rolling around in my head for the past few weeks. I thought I had a good answer to it. I go to a boarding school. Doesn’t that automatically...

FARE Grants to Volunteers and Support Group Leaders Fund Education, Advocacy and Awareness

FARE’s Community Outreach Award program empowers volunteers across the country to implement initiatives that educate others about the severity of food allergies, raising awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue and create lasting change in their communities. Earlier this year, FARE awarded 24 community outreach awards totaling $62,625 to 24 food allergy leaders across the country, supporting volunteer-led activities that serve communities in 24 states.

Applications for Community Outreach Awards were peer-reviewed by a selection committee of FARE staff and volunteers....

Food Allergy Dads Are Their Own Type of Superhero

A guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member  Cassie Jeng (shown here with her dad). 

Father’s Day is one of the most important days of the year, when we celebrate our strong, supportive fathers and all that they do for us daily, from working hard to put food on the table, to laughing, to inside jokes and games. And our dads are an integral counterpart to food allergy moms. Not just a sidekick, food allergy dads are their own type of superhero: always willing to throw themselves between an allergen and their kid. There hasn’t been...

Webinar: Taking Food Allergies to Camp

A pre-recorded June 5, 2019 FARE webinar, Taking Food Allergies to Camp, tackles the complexities and joys of creating safe, inclusive opportunities for children with food allergies to attend summer camp. To present the webinar, FARE National Director of Training Gina Clowes was joined by two leaders in allergy-friendly camping: Eleanor Garrow-Holding, CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), whose Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang) program hosts summer day camps in various locations for children with food allergies and their siblings; and Sandy Rubenstein, owner of Camp...

Volunteers Making an Impact

Are you looking to make a difference for food allergy patients and families, but not sure how to reach that goal? Check out FARE’s Volunteer Pathway to find links that can help you make an impact. Click on the optional interest form to help the FARE team follow up and support your volunteer efforts. You can access fundraising programs, opportunities for workplace engagement, and projects big and small that fit your time, talents and passion for food allergy awareness.

Following the difficult decision to end FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk in November 2018, our volunteer and community...

Food Allergy Awareness Week 2019: Thank You!

FARE thanks everyone who helped elevate public understanding of food allergy during Food Allergy Awareness Week and throughout the month of May. As we look back on the many ways in which our community raised food allergy awareness, we take pride in the creativity and commitment shared by advocates and allies on behalf of the 32 million Americans with food allergy and all those managing this serious, potentially life-threatening disease.

 

Monuments Turn Teal: On Sunday, May 12, the top of the Empire State Building was lit in teal,...

Study: Survey of Food Allergy Centers Finds Unmet Need for Mental Health Services

In a clinical correspondence published May 14 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, researchers at FARE and at Centers of Excellence in the FARE Clinical Network (FCN) report that, while most FARE Centers of Excellence have patients that would benefit from food-allergy-related mental health support services, Center of Excellence allergists are aware of few mental health professionals to whom they can refer their food allergy patients.

Located in metropolitan areas across the country, FARE Centers of Excellence offer state-of-the-art food allergy care to...

Follow Your Action Plan: You Know What You Have to Do

Each year during Food Allergy Awareness Week, we dedicate a day to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In this guest blog post, Josephine Schizer of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group recounts her experience with following her emergency action plan, even when a health care provider had different advice. To learn more about how you can help save a life, take FARE’s free online anaphylaxis training, How to Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis.

“Are you okay? Is your...

The Only Person Who Knows Your Reactions Is You

Each year during Food Allergy Awareness Week, we dedicate a day to raise awareness of anaphylaxis, a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In this guest blog post, Rhett Needleman, a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group, offers insights into the importance of self-knowledge and prompt action when treating anaphylaxis. To learn more about how you can help save a life, take FARE’s free online anaphylaxis training, How to Save a Life: Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis.

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