Dear friends and family,
Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room in the U.S. A life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, food allergy affects 15 million Americans. In our household, food allergies impacted my sons as early as one week old. Both of my sons have food protein induced gastrointestinal allergies. These food allergies are non-IGE mediated, meaning that the reactions are not the typical immune system responses most people are aware of that are created by histamine, such as runny nose, itchy eyes, or even anaphylaxis. My boys' reactions are allergic reactions in their GI tracts and skin, including blood and mucus in their stools, diarrhea, gas and discomfort, eczema, and difficulty sleeping and irritability. My sons react to multiple food proteins, including the staples of most people's diets: dairy, soy, egg, wheat, corn, rice, etc. This limits our family's participation in celebrations and activities that most people take for granted - birthday parties, eating at restaurants, trick-or-treating. Food allergies impact our lives, every day, every meal, every moment.
Right now, there is no treatment or cure for food allergy… but there is HOPE.
That’s why I’m raising funds for FARE - to help them fulfill their mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
Please DONATE now! My goal is to raise as much money as possible in honor of my sons and the 15 million Americans with food allergies. Every dollar makes a difference, and when you donate, you help FARE to fund food allergy education programs, advocacy and awareness initiatives, and world-class research.
Here’s the tremendous impact of what your donations can do:
$20 - Puts a newly diagnosed patient kit into the hands of 10 families coping with a new diagnosis of a food allergy
$30 - Sends “Be A Pal” food allergy education materials to two elementary school classrooms
$150 - Brings a teen to FARE Teen Summit for a weekend of education, support and friendship with hundreds of other teens, young adults and parents
$200 - Enables hundreds of individuals to access a FARE-produced webinar on managing life with a food allergy
In every community, every day, you’ll find a circle of heroes keeping all those with food allergies safe. Together, we can create a better future for all who are affected by food allergies! Thank you for helping me love and support my boys.