Dear Friends of FARE,
Thank you to everyone who helped elevate public understanding of food allergy last month during Food Allergy Awareness Week 2019. In this newsletter, you can revisit that week’s events, from the lighting of the Empire State Building in teal, to the release of a new Contains: Courage™ Campaign video, to the advocacy efforts that helped raise awareness among elected representatives and corporate leaders.
Also last month, the 20th Anniversary FARE New York Spring Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street raised more than $500,000 to support FARE’s research, education and advocacy. Cheers to the dedicated volunteer organizers who made the event a stirring success. Emceed by the young actor and performer Luca Padovan, the luncheon honored exceptional food allergy advocates Sarah Kugelman and Jamie Malkin. This year’s luncheon also brought together Hitesh Hajarnavis (VG Growth Partners), Richard Insel, MD (Johnson & Johnson) and Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD (Broad Institute, Yale University School of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute) for a fireside chat moderated by entrepreneur and novelist Rob Reid, whose podcast After On recently broadcast an excellent primer on food allergy prevalence and treatment with Dr. Kari Nadeau, FARE’s medical advisor for innovation.
June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. Our newsletter feature story highlights oral allergy syndrome (OAS), a type of food allergy reaction triggered by proteins in many forms of fresh produce, as we introduce Lisa Rosenberg, a food allergy mom, counselor and patient who manages OAS, other allergies to fruits and vegetables, and diverse nut, seed and legume allergies. Lisa is the first parent who’s shared her story in the newsletter, as our Contains: Courage™ Campaign reaches out to more than 26 million American adults with food allergies.
Finally, the shift from familiar school year routine to summer break adventures can bring heightened food allergy risks. You can find many helpful strategies for summer safety on our website, including planning and preparation tips for travel, sleepaway camp and everyday excursions. Your commitment to our cause makes these resources possible, and we thank you for your support.
Chief Executive Officer
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