Mike Berkshire via Crowdrise
July 19, 2011
BENEFITING: THE FOOD ALLERGY AND ANAPHYLAXIS NETWORK
EVENT DATE: Oct 16, 2011
Our family is an active participant in the efforts of The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). I thought that I would be able to use my training and race day efforts to raise awareness and money for the organization.
For those of you who are unaware, my son Ben has food allergies of varying severity to wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, legumes, and sesame seeds. He is not alone, and studies indicate the number of American children currently dealing with food allergies is at 8% and growing. Imagine, if you will, what it would be like to be unable to eat cake at a friend's birthday party or to be unable to eat victory pizza with your t-ball team because doing so would make you sick or put you in the hospital. An interesting perspective, is it not?
There currently is no cure for food allergies. As such, it is the goal of FAAN to raise awareness of food allergies through governmental and social advocacy. This increased awareness can serve to greatly improve the food safety in numerous environments for the kids who need it most.
On to why I've chosen this event as a basis for fundraising. I love running this race. I've run both the full marathon and the half and have always had a blast. Training for these things seems to get a lot of attention, and in training for this race, I'll run somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 miles before race day. I thought it would be useful to redirect that interest to this charity.
Thanks for reading - in doing so, you've already helped the goals of FAAN. I hope, however, that you choose to make a (tax-deductible) donation as well.
With sincere thanks,