I'll be back at the FAAN Westchester walk for the third year - here are recaps from 2010 and 2011 - signing books and saying hello. Make sure to stop by!
FAAN Westchester walk
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Glen Island Park
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Check in: 9:00 a.m. Walk: 10:00 am
Distance: 2 miles
From a FAAN Westchester walk press release: Westchester Residents and Leaders in the Field of Food Allergies Join FAAN to Walk to Raise Awareness for Food Allergies on October 13th.
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, August 30, 2012 — 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.
The Walk will be fun for the family, and will include Z100 DJs, gaga, carnival games, jumpy castles, obstacle course, art projects, soccer, free giveaways from our sponsors, and more. Registration is open to families, community groups, and anyone wishing to raise funds for food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research. To register, donate or learn more about the Westchester Walk for Food Allergy, visit www.foodallergywalk.org/westchester_ny12
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information, resources, and programs for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts as many as 15 million Americans, including almost 6 million children. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax , Va. , 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. On May 9, 2012, FAAN announced its intent to merge with the other leading food allergy organization, the Food Allergy Initiative, pending state regulatory approval. For more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org.