|McLEAN, VA (April 25, 2013) – Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Walk for Food Allergy, a national program that raises vital funds on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies and heightens awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease, is set to kick off Saturday with walks in Cincinnati and Orlando – the first of more than 65 events planned across the country this year.
With 1 in 13 children in the U.S. affected, food allergies are a serious public health issue that must be addressed in communities nationwide. FARE’s Walk for Food Allergy, presented by Mylan, has raised more than $14 million since its inception and is a family-friendly event that provides a sense of community among individuals and families affected by food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.
“There is a critical need for funding for food allergy education, advocacy and research,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “Working together with the food allergy community, FARE will continue to develop programs to help ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies and work with leading investigators to fund world-class research that can reduce the risk of anaphylaxis and help save lives. We thank our dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors for their continued support that will enable us to one day say FAREwell to food allergies.”
This year, FARE opened five new regional offices throughout the country to grow its presence and expand fundraising and outreach efforts in order to meet a critical need. FARE increased the number of walks by nearly 50 percent over last year, from 45 to more than 65 nationwide, in order to meet the needs of a community that has seen its numbers grow over the last 20 years.
Walkers need not have a food allergy to participate! Food allergies affect the entire community – parents, adults, educators, healthcare workers, corporate supporters, caregivers, and friends are encouraged to form a team to support this important cause.
While the majority of FARE’s Walk for Food Allergy events occur in the fall, there are several upcoming events in addition to the walks in Cincinnati and Orlando on April 27. Coinciding with National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, walks will be held on May 11 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and on May 18 in Boise. To find a location, register or donate, visit www.foodallergywalk.org.