Coming Up: Westchester Walk for Food Allergies


It baffles scientists and parents alike- food allergies. What causes them? We are closer to knowing, thanks to groups like this. Submitted by FAAN:

NEW ROCHELLE — A group of motivated residents from the Westchester area are joining forces with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to partake in a walk on Saturday, October 13, 2012, aimed at building public awareness and raising money to help protect children with life-threatening food allergies.

The 3rd Annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Glen Island Park on Pelham Road in New Rochelle, NY.  Registration, activities and giveaways will start at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester County is one of 45 walks scheduled this year.  Last year, the Westchester walk raised over $200,000 and became the #1 walk in the country.

Approximately 15 million Americans, including nearly 6 million children, have a food allergy, which is the leading cause of anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death) outside the hospital setting and results in more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits per year among children. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions in the U.S. : dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Approximately 780,000 residents in the state of New York have a food allergy and 176,000 children under 18 in New York have a food allergy.

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