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More than 32 million people have food allergies. Treatments and a cure will be found the same way they’re found for other major diseases—through research.

As I enter my final year of high school, I continue to be severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, all legumes, mustard and soy. I have had about seven anaphylactic reactions throughout my youth, my first at the age of 13. Since then I have learned my telltale symptoms and take every precaution under the sun to avoid my allergens and future reactions.

Teen Advisory Group member Talia Gold

As the number of people with food allergies skyrockets, the federal government is falling behind. Food allergy research is among the lowest funded of all major diseases.

Elizabeth’s five-month-old daughter Carly was diagnosed as a newborn with allergies to milk and soy. Here Elizabeth tells how Carly has benefited from nutritional intervention following her diagnosis.

Your high school student with food allergies will soon head off to college. How will they find the accommodations they need, and what can they safely eat? Find answers to your college dining questions in a July 2019 webinar now available on foodallergy.org.

I graduated from high school this past May, and I am so excited to start my next adventure – college life! I am headed away from home and will live on campus, which is another exciting adventure, but it is also really scary.

Teen Advisory Group member Mimi Hymel

In a FARE-funded study published in the prestigious journal Science, researchers at Yale University and other institutions report the discovery of a subset of immune cells that is important in anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

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Hope for the Future

Not long ago, I received an email from a wonderful allergen-free food company: “We’re turning 18!” Then I felt old. Okay, maybe I’m only a year and a half older. But this is, pretty uniquely, an “Oh geez, I’m aging!” experience that only someone with food allergies would have.

Teen Advisory Group member Andrea Schmidt

This includes seven of the big eight (excluding wheat) along with many legumes and lentils in addition to sesame and mustard. As you can imagine, this really complicates my life. If I didn’t have these allergies, I’d eat wherever I want without worry.

Teen Advisory Group member Ramsey Makan

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.

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