Walk for Food Allergy

Jul 17, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. ET

In the U.S. alone,15 million people are living with food allergies and the fear of a reaction that could be fatal. Put on your walking shoes and help support efforts to raise awareness and fund resources for people with food allergies.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Walk for
Food Allergy

In the U.S. alone, 15 million people are living with food allergies and the fear of a reaction that could be fatal. Put on your walking shoes and help support efforts to raise awareness and fund resources for people with food allergies.

What it is

Food allergy is a potentially life-threatening medical condition that affects nearly 15 million Americans. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) works to raise public awareness and educate people about food allergies by conducting seminars and training session for school staff and healthcare providers, who can help prevent food allergy reactions, and government officials and policymakers, who can pass legislation to better the lives of those suffering from a food allergy. FAAN also works with legislatures on federal, state, and local initiatives in matters such as food labeling, epinephrine availability and the management of food allergies in public places, such as schools and on airplanes. FAAN works to support research studies that lead to a better understanding of, and hopefully a cure for, food allergy and anaphylaxis.

girl eating healthy fruits

Why it was founded

In 1991, Anne Muñoz-Furlong, whose daughter was diagnosed with a milk and egg allergy, founded The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to provide education and support to many other parents who needed help managing food allergies at a time when information about them was difficult to find. Over 20 years later, FAAN is the number one source of information, programs and resources for those affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis, and has 22,000 members worldwide, including families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, and government agency and food and pharmaceutical industry representatives.

How it is making a difference

Among FAAN’s accomplishments are the creation of Camp TAG, a full-day camp for children four through 12 who suffer from food allergies, and a push for legislation to require schools and other public facilities to stock epinephrine auto-injectors in case an allergic anaphylactic reaction occurs. For many children, the age group food allergy affects the most severely, having epinephrine nearby can mean the difference between life and death.

Walk for Food Allergy

FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy is an opportunity to raise funds to support the continuing research on food allergies and a way for those who are affected by a food allergy to network and feel hope for the advancement of food allergy prevention and treatment.

Sign up for a walk and learn more about The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network here.

Upcoming 2012 walks


  • Rogers, August 25


  • Phoenix, December 1


  • Bay Area, October 13
  • Los Angeles, October 2
  • San Diego, November 3


  • Denver, August 12


  • Milford, October 7


  • Miami, October 7
  • Tampa, November 10


  • Atlanta, October 14


  • Chicago, September 30


  • Indianapolis, August 18


  • Kansas City, September 15


  • Boston, September 23


  • Baltimore, September 23


  • Portland, September 29


  • Detroit, October 6
  • Lansing, September 22


  • Minneapolis, September 8


  • Lincoln, October 14

New Jersey

  • Long Branch, September 8
  • Ridgewood, October 21


  • Las Vegas, October 6

New York

  • Albany, September 15
  • Buffalo, August 11
  • Long Island, October 14 
  • Westchester, October 13

North Carolina

  • Charlotte, September 29
  • Triangle Area, September 29


  • Columbus, September 23


  • Philadelphia, September 13 
  • Pittsburg, September 16


  • Nashville, September 16


  • Austin, September 22
  • Dallas, November 17
  • Houston, September 8


  • Salt Lake City, October 6


  • Northern Virginia, September 22
  • Virginia Beach, November 10


  • Seattle, September 30

West Virginia

  • Morgantown, September 8

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