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Spring Into Action: Heidi's Story

Heidi is a food allergy mom who became a leader in her workplace and local community, recruiting 100 of her co-workers to join FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk in Baltimore! Heidi shares her story:

When my daughter experienced anaphylaxis to peanuts for the first time at 18 months, I remember feeling very helpless and afraid. Our entire world changed so much in just one day! A friend recommended Dr. Robert Wood's book Food Allergies for Dummies to me and I read it within the span of a week. I saw that Dr. Wood was going to be speaking at a FARE conference...

Spring Into Action: Brandy and Lauren’s Story

Brandy’s daughter, Lauren, was first diagnosed with food allergies as an infant. Since then, she and Lauren have been involved in many different areas of FARE, most recently springing into action by advocating for national legislation to require labeling of sesame as the ninth most common allergen. They share their story:

Brandy:

My daughter Lauren was first diagnosed with food allergies when she was a few months old. That was 22 years ago. At the time I felt very alone in my struggle to understand how to keep her safe and healthy. There was no internet...

Spring into Action: Katie’s Story

When faced with the challenge of dining out with food allergies, Katie set out to find a solution. Her creativity and innovation led to My Teal Ticket, a restaurant order form that helps people with food allergies have a safer dining experience. Katie shares her story:

When I was diagnosed with food allergies when I was three, my allergist told my parents about the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, which later joined with Food Allergy Initiative to become FARE. My parents researched FAAN and were impressed by all it offered for families and...

Staying Positive About My Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Kate Stack

“Better safe than sorry!”, “It can’t be that bad, right?” and my personal favorite, “It doesn’t taste that good anyway!” are all things teens with food allergies hear on the daily. While there can be truth to some of these, it can be hard to manage the constant exclusion and deal with situations regarding your allergies. As a teen, there are a LOT of pressures to try new things. For those of us with food allergies, those new things often can’t include new foods at parties or other events. It can all be...

Report from AAAAI/WAO 2018: A Spotlight on FARE-Supported Research

Last weekend, representatives from FARE attended a joint congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) in Orlando, FL. As we wrap up our reporting from AAAAI/WAO 2018, we summarize findings from wide-ranging studies that received support from FARE, including investigations of oral food challenges with mixed tree nuts, peanut allergy biomarkers, sublingual immunotherapy to treat peanut allergy, and patient-centered food allergy research. Lastly, we conclude with late-breaking reports from Aimmune’s PALISADE trial for its peanut...

Spring Into Action: Lily's Story

Lilly

In communities around the country, FARE supporters are doing their part to make the world safer for people with food allergies. Nine-year-old Lily proves that you’re never too young to get involved and make an impact. Her mother, Jaymie, shares Lily’s story:

Checking and re-checking ingredient labels. Eating something different than everyone else at birthday parties. Being left out of classroom activities. Bringing her own food to restaurants. This is Lily’s normal. Many people do not realize how many things in everyday life center around food. Lily does...

Report from AAAAI/WAO 2018: Severe Anaphylaxis in Children

This weekend, representatives from FARE are attending a joint congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) in Orlando, FL. We’re reporting on selected abstracts from the meeting that address diverse topics in food allergy. Read on to learn more about featured findings about anaphylaxis.

Abstract 470: Characteristics, Morbidity, and Mortality of Anaphylaxis-Associated Admissions to North American PICUs, 2010-2015

Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can affect multiple organ systems....

Report from AAAAI/WAO 2018: Reactions to Red Meat Are Rewriting the Rules for Food Allergies

This weekend, representatives from FARE are attending a joint congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) in Orlando, FL. We’re reporting on selected abstracts from the meeting that address diverse topics in food allergy. Read on to learn more about featured findings about allergy to a sugar found in red meat. This emerging disease, which differs in many ways from typical food allergies, is becoming increasingly prevalent

Red meat allergy – also called mammalian meat allergy or alpha-gal allergy – disrupts many of our food...

Report from AAAAI/WAO 2018: New studies on folic acid exposure, EoE and more

This weekend, representatives from FARE are attending a joint congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the World Allergy Organization (WAO) in Orlando, FL. We’re reporting on selected abstracts from the meeting that address diverse topics in food allergy. Read on to learn more about some of these featured findings.

Abstract 275: The Association Between Folate/Folic Acid Metabolites and the Development of Food Allergy (FA) in Children

This research was supported by FARE through a 2014 Howard Gittis Memorial Research Award to its lead author, Dr. Emily...

Peanut-Sensitive Baseball Games in 2018

Spring training is about to begin which means that summer is almost here! Attending a baseball game is a time honored tradition for many families each season. For individuals and families with peanut allergies, attending a game can be challenging. More and more baseball teams are recognizing this and now offer special peanut-aware events.

FARE makes information about these events available to the public and partners on a community level with peanut-sensitive and peanut-aware sporting events across the country. Please note that FARE plays no role in the...

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