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Our Impact in 2017

FARE is the leading national advocacy organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. We work hard to ensure that every dollar raised brings us closer to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.

When you support FARE, you’re investing in programs and resources that change – and save – lives. In 2017, your donations helped us make great progress in each area of our mission. Keep reading to...

Eczema and Allergen Sensitization Interact to Strongly Increase Food Allergy Risk

Not all babies with early eczema are at equal risk for other allergic conditions, according to a paper published in November 2017 by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. One-year-olds who have eczema (atopic dermatitis) and are also sensitized to one or more environmental or food allergens are at starkly greater risk for other allergic conditions at age 3, compared to babies with eczema who are not sensitized.

The term “atopic march” is used to describe a pattern in the natural history of allergic conditions, in which children who have eczema...

Embracing a Mission, I Didn’t Ask For

Guest post by Rachel Packer

Our allergy story is common.  We left the allergist’s office in February 2008 feeling dazed and confused, much like a deer in the headlights. I thought about the French toast I had promised to make Ari (my then three-year-old) for dinner that night. Eggs. Damn. What do I do? I started to feel hot and panicky as we walked to the car. I looked at my husband and suddenly, it began to dawn on me that this was going to change…everything.

Then, I was resentful that I had been given a mission I didn’t ask for and that our lives were...

Living Well with My Food Allergies

Guest post by Joshua Sylvester

When I was two and a half years old I tried a peanut for the first time. I began to vomit and my face and eyes became swollen to the point that I could barely see. My mom immediately took me to the doctor’s office where I learned that I had a life-threatening anaphylactic allergy to peanuts.

I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and was the first kid in the town to be diagnosed with a food allergy. The concept of a food allergy was foreign to some people in this town and when it came time for me to attend kindergarten, my...

Making the World Safer for Families with Food Allergies

Guest Post by Kara Schneider

My daughter Adel’s first anaphylactic reaction was at the age of 9 months. She ate a few bites of cottage cheese and within a few minutes she was gasping for breath and her face was so swollen you could no longer see any of her features. We rushed her to the ER and arrived with just moments to spare. Her milk allergy diagnosis left us overwhelmed and frightened for the future.

Food allergies can be very isolating. Any event outside our home was nerve-wracking, especially as she was a toddler who wanted to touch everything....

Countdown to 2018 – What Your Gift Means in 2018 and Beyond

As we count down the final days of 2017, we are excited to look ahead to a new year full of opportunities to provide life, health, and hope for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. We can’t do it without your help! Your generosity today makes it possible for FARE to continue to make an impact with life-changing programming and initiatives in 2018 and beyond.

Your gift to FARE will help:

Holiday Green Bean Casserole

Guest post by Joel and Mary Schaefer

What are entrees without sides?

The Green Bean Casserole is one of the top sides not only at Thanksgiving, but also during the December holidays.

According to Treetopia.com, casseroles clearly dominate the holiday tables. Green bean casseroles were in close battle with sweet potato casseroles for the most searched recipes in December.

This classic casserole was created by Campbell’s in 1955 and has been a staple on holiday tables ever since. Here’s an easy way to upgrade the out-of-the-can version, and we’ve made...

#MyCauseMyCleats Highlights the Food Allergy Community

Photo Credit: New England Patriots

Earlier this month, the New England Patriots’ Alan Branch brought attention to the food allergy community by naming FARE as his choice for the National Football League’s #MyCauseMyCleats campaign. FARE asked Alan and his wife Ashley to share a little more about their food allergy journey and why they chose FARE.

 

Tell us about your family’s food allergy journey.

Although we were not aware yet, our food allergy journey started around May 2013. Our second daughter was born with allergies that were diagnosed around...

Ways to Make the Holiday Season Special

Cookie-decorating parties, family dinners, office lunches…. Many holiday traditions revolve around food, which can be challenging for individuals and families with food allergies. Both children and adults can end up feeling excluded or like they are missing out on the holiday fun. We asked FARE volunteers to share traditions that their family has created to make the holiday season more special and still safe for their family.

Holidays give us reason to celebrate, and food no matter how you look at it, is the epicenter of holiday joy. When food allergies interrupted our regularly scheduled...

Double Your Impact

Dear Friend,

My family’s food allergy journey began 13 years ago on a beautiful sunny day in Seattle. Taking our seats at a baseball game, we never imagined that the afternoon would reveal our younger son Clint’s life-threating peanut allergy. From that point forward, our family has worked to ensure that Clint can safely enjoy the activities he loves, like baseball, even as we navigate the challenges of his diagnosis.

At first my husband and I were frustrated by the lack of local resources available to parents...

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