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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.

I’m allergic to tree nuts, sheep’s milk...

Why I Support the FASTER Act

Guest post by Stacey Saiontz

Today, we are asking advocates to call their legislators and ask for support of the FASTER Act on FARE's first annual Virtual Hill Day.  These calls will be occurring the same time as FARE staff are meeting with legislators on the Hill, with the goal of building the number of co-sponsors on this important piece of legislation.  FARE Advocate Stacey Saiontz is a strong supporter of FASTER, in her own words:

As the mother of a food allergic son, I am extremely interested in advocating for the FASTER Act because this legislation will improve the lives of the...

“Regular People Do Extraordinary Things All the Time”

Artist and substitute teacher Jennifer Domal has managed multiple food allergies since early childhood. In an interview, the West Chester, PA, resident reflects on food allergy awareness, friendship and kindness to strangers.

“This generation of children is more allergy-aware than any before it. They’ve grown up that way since preschool. So if I say, ‘You can’t eat that food in here,’ they immediately clean it up, get the wipes, wipe down the table, wipe the back of the chair, and get rid of the food. They eat outside, wash their...

Don't Mess With the Food Allergy Mom Army

A guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Mariah McConnell (shown here at left with her mom and sister). Mariah writes, "Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate, recognize, and appreciate the influence mothers have on society and the world. While I could never even capture half of how much I and all children with food allergies appreciate our food allergy moms, I hope this post sheds light on the lives they live and how much they do for us. Thank you for all that food allergy moms do to make this world a safer place for all."

Every...

Friends and Food Allergies

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Ava Wellener.

One of the most difficult issues I’ve dealt with in my food allergy journey is interacting with people who don’t have food allergies. Whether it be teachers, extended family members or friends, it can be hard to spend time with people who don’t understand food allergies. Today’s post will focus on friends, and I’ll provide you with some advice on how to spend time with your friends and talk to them about your food allergies.

 
I used to be absolutely terrified of talking...

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