When my son was little, a girl in his playgroup was diagnosed with a gluten allergy. At the time, I didn’t know much about food allergies. Hearing her mom’s story and better understanding the way having a food allergy changed her family’s life made me vow to always take these allergies very seriously.
In 2015, there are 15 million Americans living with food allergies. Each year, in cities across the country, tens of thousands of people participate in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, an effort to support loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors living with life-threatening food allergies. Walks also raise money for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a nonprofit working to improve the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies and to provide hope through the promise of new treatments. Walks offer fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.
The FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Austin will be held November 7, 2015 at Camp Mabry from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Olympic gold medalist Mitch Gaylord has been named as the Austin FARE Walk for Food Allergy Honorary Ambassador. In 1984, Mitch was the first American gymnast to score a perfect 10 and led his team to a gold medal victory. Now Mitch’s greatest role is as a father of two children with severe food allergies.
“As the Honorary Ambassador for the Austin FARE Walk for Food Allergy, it is my privilege to support this celebration of the strength of families who live with the challenges of food allergies. My wife, Valentina, and I have two children with food allergies and we want to do all that we can to raise awareness as well as raise funds to support food allergy research, education, and advocacy efforts. We look forward to joining the Austin community for this wonderful event!” said Mitch.
The 2013 and 2014 FARE Walk for Food Allergy programs raised over $3 million each. Participants can sign up to walk individually or as part of a team. For more information, or to register or volunteer, visit www.foodallergywalk.org/austin2015. Sponsorship opportunities remain available, enabling businesses to show their support for families who are managing food allergies.
The walk will take place rain or shine. Due to allergies, no pets are allowed on the walk.
FARE Walk for Food Allergy
Saturday, November 7, 2015
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Check-in: 9-10 a.m.
Walk Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Walk begins immediately after ceremony.
2200 W. 35th Street
Photos courtesy of FARE.