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Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) brings Food Allergy Heroes Walk to Cleveland

May 09, 2018 02:34PM

Food Allergy Research & Education’s (FARE) Food Allergy Heroes Walk will come to Cleveland on August 5, celebrating the everyday heroes in our community – families, educators, health professionals, emergency responders, food workers and more – whose dedication helps keep the 15 million Americans with food allergies safe.

Cleveland’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk will be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and will create a safe,
welcoming environment where all those affected by food allergies can put the walk’s tagline –
“Connect. Unite. Inspire” – into action, uniting to share inspiration and forge lasting connections.

Now in its second year, FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk (formerly the FARE Walk for Food
Allergy) makes an impact both locally and nationally. This year, walks in 40 cities will raise much needed funds to advance FARE’s mission to improve the quality of life and health of individuals
with food allergies and provide hope through the promise of new treatments.

“We are proud to bring FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk to Cleveland,” said FARE CEO and
Chief Medical Officer James R. Baker, Jr. “The past two decades have seen an explosion in food allergy prevalence. We don’t know the causes of this epidemic, which now affects 1 in 13 children, and we don’t have any approved treatments yet. The walks help protect children and adults with food allergies, both by drawing attention to this life-changing and potentially life-threatening disease, and by providing vital funds for food allergy research, education and advocacy.”

Starting in 2004, when support group leaders created the first food allergy walk in Chicago, heroes have come together each year to foster awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue. Since then, walk teams across the country have raised more than $26 million to search for effective treatments, educate their communities, and advocate for policies that promote safety and inclusion for individuals and families managing food allergy.

Donations and sponsorships in support of the walks have funded cutting-edge research, world-class educational programs that help individuals live well with food allergies, grassroots advocacy that has expanded access to life-saving epinephrine in schools and other public places, and awareness campaigns that have elevated the profile of food allergy nationally.

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