BENEFITING: THE FOOD ALLERGY AND ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK
When our daughter was 18 months old, she got into her Mimi's purse and found a package of cashews. After putting one cashew in her mouth she quickly spit out the half chewed nut. Within 5 minutes she was vomiting, with severe hives traveling across her torso and up her neck and face. By the time we were rushing her to the hospital her feet and hands had started to swell. When we arrived at the hospital she was turning blue around her mouth. Thus began our journey into the world of life threatening food allergies. We were lucky, we made it in time and she was able to receive life saving medical treatment. We were told had we waited a mere 5 minutes longer it might have been a far more tragic outcome. Since then, we have found her to be allergic to other tree nuts as well. She has participated twice in the annual FAAN walk and this summer she will have the opportunity to attend camp TAG throug FAAN. This camp is so special because she will get to hang out with other kids and siblings who have food allergies just like her. Her Mom and Dad will get to have the peace of mind of her being in an environment with trained medical professionals as well as camp counselors etc. who really get the seriousness of food allergies. There is a great deal of promising research and we are hopeful for a cure in her lifetime. FAAN helps further this research as well as educate the public at large about food allergies.
FAAN was established in 1991, at a time when information about food allergies was difficult to find. For one parent whose daughter was diagnosed with milk and egg allergy, founding FAAN was a way of providing education and support to the many other parents who needed help managing food allergy.
FAAN is now the most trusted source of information, programs, and resources related to food allergy and anaphylaxis. Its membership now stands at approximately 25,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, and representatives from government agencies and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others.
FAAN is funded through membership dues, sale of materials, donations, and grants.
This year, 2011, marks FAAN’s 20th anniversary in serving the food allergy community. We will continue to work diligently to educate the public about the severity of food allergy and provide the food allergy community with tools and programs that it deserves.