MCLEAN, Va., May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the world's leading food
"There is no cure for food allergy, and the current standard of care forces families and children to rely first on epinephrine for a serious reaction, followed by a trip to the emergency room. The status quo is unacceptable," said Lisa Gable, FARE CEO. "More than 32 million Americans live with food allergies, and though we have seen amazing advances in the food allergy field over the last decade, the needs of our community are greater than they have ever been before, making the imperative to find a cure stronger than it's ever been."
During Food Allergy Awareness Week, FARE is also shining a light on its Contains: Courage™ Campaign, a transformative five-year fundraising and awareness effort supporting families living with food allergies and educating all communities about the disease. Since launching in December 2018, $53 million has been committed to the campaign, supporting researchers' efforts to find a cure for food allergy. FARE plans to continue increasing awareness of this crisis, ensuring that communities have the tools they need to spread the word about food allergies, while raising a historic amount of funding for research, therapies and diagnostics to improve the overall quality of life of individuals who are affected.
Additional 2019 Food Allergy Awareness Week activities sponsored by FARE include:
These discussions are more important now than ever before. According to recent FARE-commissioned data, diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions have risen by 377 percent in the U.S. since 2007. Parents of children with food allergies as well as adults who live with this disease must make decisions about their safety every single day, at every meal and in every new environment. They are often responsible for saving their own lives in the case of an emergency. With the support of the community and its allies, FARE's goal is to change this standard of care by developing new therapies and, ultimately, finding a cure.
To join the cause and help inspire action in your own community you can:
FARE extends its appreciation to the Empire State Building for going teal on May 12, the first night of Food Allergy Awareness Week, and to the food allergy community for joining in efforts to raise food allergy awareness. FARE also thanks OWYN for generously supporting Food Allergy Awareness Week.
For more information on FARE's life-changing work and to learn more about the Contains: Courage™ campaign visit www.foodallergy.org/containscourage.
ABOUT FAREFood Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the world's leading food allergy advocacy organization and the largest private funder of food allergy research. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. FARE is transforming the future of food allergy through innovative initiatives that will lead to increased awareness, new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation and novel approaches to managing the disease. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org. To join FARE's transformative five-year fundraising and awareness campaign, Contains: Courage™, supporting families living with food allergies and educating ALL communities about the disease, visit www.foodallergy.org/containscourage.
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