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Santa Barbara Joins FARE Walk for Food Allergy

Walkers Nationwide Raise Funds to Fight Potentially Life Threatening Disease


Originally published 4:34 p.m., February 15, 2014
Updated 4:34 p.m., February 12, 2014

People with food allergies, their family and friends, and local community members will participate in Food Allergy Research & Education’s WALK for FOOD ALLERGY on Saturday May 3rd at Chase Palm Park from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The FARE Walk unites thousands of Americans seeking a safe and inclusive world for people with food allergies. This potentially life- threatening disease affects up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.

The FARE Walk is a family-friendly event that is taking place in more than 60 communities nationwide to fund food allergy education, advocacy, awareness, and research. Interested people can sign-up for free at www.foodallergywalk.org/santabarbara .

“A food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. Sadly, kids with food allergies know that one bite of the wrong food could have dangerous consequences, including anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly reaction. But it does not have to be that way. We are making great progress in developing life-saving treatments and programs,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer for FARE. “Thanks to our generous sponsors and dedicated supporters, the day will come when we say FAREwell to food allergies.”

Participants can sign up to walk individually or as part of a team. Sponsorship opportunities are available, enabling businesses to show their support for families who are living with food allergies. For more information or to register or volunteer, visit www.foodallergywalk.org/santabarbara .

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 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative.

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