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Food Allergy Research & Education

In the time it takes for the average television commercial break – every three minutes – a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have experienced this kind of severe or life-threatening reaction. Imagine a simple evening dining out with your family ends with your child in the hospital. It’s any parent’s nightmare. And it happens too often.

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Food allergy is a life-changing diagnosis for children and their families. Every meal becomes a challenge, and social gatherings centered on food can feel scary and isolating. More families face this burden each year, because the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. has increased dramatically in the last two decades. Today, 1 in 13 children has a food allergy — roughly 2 children per classroom. And there is no cure.

 

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is leading the fight against food allergies. FARE is the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research, having invested more than $80 million over the past two decades. FARE funding helps researchers search for the cause of food allergy, examine the role of heredity, study the rise in prevalence, learn what goes wrong in the immune system, work toward food allergy prevention and develop new potentially life-saving therapies.