Request a Proclamation
Please feel free to edit this message to share your experience with food allergies. The more personal your message is, the more likely we are to get a response from your governor. Copy and paste your finished letter in to the contact form or email you send to your governor's office, along with the template proclamation found below. Click here for links to each state's proclamation request page.
On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of food allergic residents of our state, I am writing to request that a proclamation be issued this year for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, May 13-19, 2018.
Food allergies are a life-threatening illness that affects as many as 15 million Americans, and the prevalence is increasing among children. One in every 13 children has food allergies, or approximately two per classroom. Food allergy results in more than 200,000 Emergency Department visits each year, and since 2007, there has been a 377 percent increase in the number of food allergy reactions requiring emergency treatment.
There is no cure for food allergy, and rapid-onset reaction can result in anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction. Symptoms develop quickly, often within seconds or minutes, and may include: hives, vomiting, respiratory distress, swelling of the throat, a precipitous drop in blood pressure, shock and death.
With your support in declaring FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, we can continue to increase public awareness about food allergies. It is our objective to help educate schools, restaurants and the citizens of our state on the serious and potentially life-threatening nature of food allergies.
Please find below a draft of a proposed Proclamation for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK for the week of May 13-19, 2018 to help build recognition and support for food-allergic citizens. You may send the proclamation to:
Food Allergy Research & Education
7901 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 240
McLean, VA 22102
On behalf of all the families who must struggle with food allergies, thank you for your consideration and support.
FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies; nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18.
WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children.
WHEREAS, eight foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. Symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat.
WHEREAS, food allergy results in more than 200,000 Emergency Department visits each year. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic.
WHEREAS, the number of food allergy reactions requiring emergency treatment is up sharply over the past decade, with a 377 percent rise in medical procedures associated with anaphylaxis caused by food.
WHEREAS, there is no cure for food allergy, and scientists do not understand why. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction.
WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death.
WHEREAS, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments,
THEREFORE I , ________, GOVERNOR for the _________________, do hereby proclaim May 13-19, 2018: Food Allergy Awareness Week in the _______________________ and encourage the residents of _______________________ to increase their understanding and awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis.
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