Raising Vital Funds and Awareness, FARE Walk for Food Allergy Kicks Off In Support of Urgently Needed Research, Education and Advocacy Programs

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Communities across the country will unite at more than 50 FARE Walk for Food Allergy events in 2016, raising funds to improve quality of life, health of individuals with food allergies.

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Funds raised through the FARE Walk for Food Allergy support critically needed research, education and policy work that impact the lives of all those affected by food allergies.

Thousands of walkers, volunteers and supporters will come together over the next six months in more than 50 cities in support of their loved ones, friends and the 15 million Americans with food allergies for Food Allergy Research & Education’s FARE Walk for Food Allergy.

FARE, the nation’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to food allergy, has been an instrumental part of the progress that has been made in the areas of research, education and advocacy for more than 20 years. In the last decade, the FARE Walk for Food Allergy has raised more than $24 million for programs that have made a life-changing impact in the food allergy community. Funds raised by walk events help to support critically important national initiatives and resources such as:

  • the FARE Clinical Network, the nation’s largest collaborative network dedicated to food allergy research and clinical care,
  • mobilization on advocacy priorities such as expanding access to epinephrine, the first-line treatment for severe allergic reactions,
  • awareness campaigns to raise the profile of food allergy as a serious public health issue,
  • the lead sponsorship of a consensus study on food allergy by the Institute of Medicine and
  • the expansion of the FARE College Food Allergy Program, which is helping colleges and universities provide a safer experience for students with food allergies.

“Over the course of the last year, FARE has invested significant resources in support of our mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide hope through the promise of new treatments,” said James R. Baker, Jr., MD, CEO and chief medical officer of FARE. “The urgency for widespread education and research in the field of food allergy, a potentially life-threatening disease, continues to grow. Funds raised through the FARE Walk for Food Allergy support critically needed research, education and policy work that impact the lives of all those affected by food allergies.”

The FARE Walk for Food Allergy, which kicks off June 4 in Omaha, Neb., gathers friends, families, neighbors and co-workers together from coast to coast for family-friendly events that inspire and raise awareness.

“Mylan is proud to continue our support of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy events in 2016,” said Roger D. Graham, president of Mylan Specialty. “Every six minutes, anaphylaxis due to life-threatening food allergies sends someone to the hospital. Raising awareness is one way to help ensure that those at risk recognize the seriousness of their severe allergies. We are pleased to play a role in the important work FARE does on behalf of the nearly 43 million Americans at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction.”

The 2016 FARE Walk for Food Allergy is made possible thanks to generous support from premier sponsor Mylan Specialty L.P.

For a complete list of FARE Walk for Food Allergy events or to register, form a team or make a donation, visit http://www.foodallergywalk.org.

ABOUT FARE
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 every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is 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. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

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