BENEFITING: Food Allergy Research & Education
EVENT DATE: Jan 09, 2014
I am running the Dopey Challenge at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon in January to support Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). FARE is a charity that is near and dear to my heart as my 7 year old daughter has a severe food allergy. The Dopey Challenge is 48 miles (plus change) in 4 days. My goal is to raise $1500.00 through this fundraising website. Crowdrise is just a host website that allows me to raise money for FARE without having to handle the money myself. When you donate on my website, the donation goes DIRECTLY TO FARE. None of the money will fund my race or travel. All will go to research and education on food allergies. So, please consider donating one of the following:
$0.50 per mile = $24.00
$1.00 per mile = $48.00
...or, just decide for yourself! Doantions can be made in any denomination.
There are 15 million children and adults living with life threatening food allergies. My daughter has been one of them since she was diagnosed at age 2 with a peanut allergy. There is no cure for her allergy and treatment consists of avoidance/management of reactions. Her reaction to injesting peanuts is anaphylaxis. It is important that those who experience an allergic reaction get treatment immediately. Delayed treatment can lead to death.
Signs of anaphylaxis are: coughing, difficulty breathing because of swelling of the airway, reduced blood pressure (pale, weak pulse, confusion, loss of consciousness), rash, tingling and swollen lips, a scratchy thoat and mouth and gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. Any or all of the symptoms can occur, it just depends on the severity of the reaction and the individual.
There are an estimated 150,000 cases of anaphylaxis per year and current evidence suggests that the incidence is increasing. The following are links to stories about recent child deaths realted to peanut allergy:
Natlie Giorgi, 13 years old: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/30/5607195/years-of-caution-about-peanut.html
Ammaria Johnson, 7 years old: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AllergiesFood/allergic-girl-died-school-peanut-child/story?id=15341841
Tanner Henstra, 11 years old: http://fox13now.com/2013/04/26/boy-11-dies-after-severe-allergic-reaction/
Someday there may be a cure for food allergy. My hope is that this fundraiser will not only help to raise awareness to a cause that is very dear to me and my family but also to raise money for reserach which may assist in finding a treatment for food allergies in general. Futher, I hope to honor children like Natalie, Ammaria and Tanner.
About the charity: FARE is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to food allergies and represents a merger between the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI). FAI is the world's largest source of private funding for food allergy research while FAAN has long served as a trusted source for food allergy related information and resources. The organizations have merged to raise awareness, provide much needed advocacy and education, and advance research on behalf of those affected by food allergies. FARE provides much needed information to families, dieticians, nurses, physicians, school staff, government agencies, as well as food and pharmaceutical industries. Their commitment and dedication is inspiring to all who have been affected by food allergies. Donations will go to FARE to aide in furthering education and to fund research to better understand and find a cure.