The Seventh Annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy to educate the community and help find a cure to protect people with life-threatening food allergies will take place this Saturday, October 6 (registration check in starting at 9:00 AM) at 10:00am (walk time) at O.E. Dunckel Middle School 32800 West Twelve Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
The FAAN Walk, will benefit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) in its efforts to raise funds to provide education and advocacy, and to advance research on behalf of all Americans affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Honorary Chair, Shannon Murphy, co-host of the Mojo in the Morning Show, was diagnosed at 23 with adult onset life-threatening food allergies including some tree nuts, fish, and several foods outside the top 8 allergens.
Also at the walk you can meet Honorary Medical Chairs and top allergists Dr. Doshi of Allergy, Asthma & Pulmonary Center of Royal Oak and Dr. Leo of Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor, and Dr. Greenhawt of the University of Michigan Food Allergy Center.
There will be games, raffles, allergy-friendly samples, a DJ and fun for all!
Registration is FREE and open now! To sign up for the Michigan Walk on Saturday, October 6, please go to www.FoodAllergyWalk.org
For more information, email DetroitChair@FoodAllergy.org
Eight foods account for 90% of all reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, etc.), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, etc.). Sesame seems to be growing rapidly as well, and more companies are labeling for this in Canada and elsewhere.
The prevalence of food allergy among children in the U.S. is higher than previously reported, with 8%, or 1 out of every 12 children affected, according to the findings of a new study. The study, published in Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, also revealed that among the 5.9 million children with food allergies, 39 percent have a history of severe reactions and 30 percent have multiple food allergies.
FAAN was founded in 1991, FAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) is the world leader in information, resources, and programs for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has approximately 22,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 58 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org, www.faankids.org, and www.faanteen.org.