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Food Allergy Awareness Week

by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) category: Charity

“It's not a fad. It’s a potentially life-threatening disease. Take action to find a cure. #FoodAllergy Awareness Week http://thndr.it/1pLGxT5

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Food Allergy Awareness Week

In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate the public about food allergies, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. While we work to increase awareness and action on behalf of the food allergy community year-round, Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a special opportunity to shine a spotlight on food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Food allergy is a life-altering, life-threatening disease that affects up to 15 million Americans. There is no cure and no standard treatment to prevent anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially deadly reaction. Even a trace amount of the wrong food can trigger a dangerous reaction within minutes. For people with food allergies, strictly avoiding problem foods is the only way to stay safe. 

Anyone, at any age, can develop a food allergy, but the impact on children is especially severe.  Food allergies affect 5.9 million U.S. children. That equates to 1 in every 13 children – roughly two in every classroom. Nearly 40 percent of these children already have experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction, and more than 30 percent have multiple food allergies.

National studies have shown that food allergy is a growing public health problem. The CDC reports a 50 percent increase in food allergies among children from 1997 to 2011. Within just 11 years, the number of children with peanut allergy tripled. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

No one should live in fear that a bite of the wrong food could trigger a life-threatening reaction. Please join our efforts to make the world safe for people with food allergies.

  1. Join our Thunderclap to donate your social reach to help raise awareness and get others involved in helping to find a cure and make the world a safer place for those with food allergies. 
  2. Visit our Food Allergy Awareness Week Headquarters to find resources, materials, and more information about how you can make a difference during this special time of year. 
  3. Make a gift to FARE to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergy through education, advocacy and awareness, and to find a cure by supporting world-class research.
Thank you for your support!

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Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
@FoodAllergy

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom.

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