FAAN Walk for Food Allergy Comes to Pittsburgh

Sep 08, 2011, 15:49 ET from Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Potentially Life-Threatening Medical Condition Affects One in 13 Children in the U.S.  

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year's FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Pittsburgh will take place at Hartwood Acres on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. Sally Wiggin of WTAE Channel 4 News will serve as the Local Honorary Media Chair.

The event, to be held in more than 40 cities across the country as well as online to support the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), increase awareness about food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and raise money for awareness, advocacy, education and research.

A recently published study revealed that food allergy among children in the U.S. is more significant than previously thought. The condition now affects as many as one in 13 or nearly six million children in the U.S., and approximately 112,000 children in Pennsylvania alone. Additionally, nearly 40 percent of children with food allergies have had a severe reaction, and 30 percent have multiple food allergies.

To register for FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy in Pittsburgh, visit www.foodallergywalk.org. Individuals, families, community groups and anyone else wishing to raise funds for FAAN are encouraged to register and attend this family-friendly event. Registration is free.

"The FAAN Walk is a great way to establish a sense of community for people with food allergies across the U.S.," said the Walk's Local Honorary Youth Chair Maria McClatchey. "Being involved in the Walk allows me to share my experiences, increase awareness and raise funds to support the food allergy community."

The non-competitive 2-mile Walk will start at 11 a.m., with check in starting at 10 a.m. Following the Walk, participants can enjoy samples from allergen-free food vendors, music, and children's activities. Also joining us this year will be singer and songwriter Kyle Dine, who will educate and entertain with his songs about food allergies.

There is an extra incentive this year for people to attend a FAAN Walk for Food Allergy – a chance to win an iPad 2® courtesy of Dey Pharma, L.P. Dey is the National Presenting Sponsor for the 2011 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy. Dey will be attending the Walks and will be presenting one lucky winner at each site with an iPad 2®.

How to Enter
Walkers who check in at the FAAN registration table and meet all eligibility requirements (listed in the official rules) may enter in a drawing to win an iPad 2® . To enter, walkers must register or confirm current registration of an EpiPen® auto-injector for a refill reminder at the Dey booth. Each person may enter the contest once and one (1) lucky winner will be selected at the end of the Walk (walkers must be present to win) and will be presented with an iPad 2®.

The official rules are available online at www.foodallergywalk.org/site/PageNavigator/Dey_iPad_Drawing.html and will be available at each Walk site.

Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor nor participant in the Promotion and makes no endorsement of the Promotion. iPad 2® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.

Please join us for the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Pittsburgh.

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information, resources, and programs for food allergy, a potentially life-threatening medical condition that afflicts as many as 15 million Americans including almost 6 million children. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has approximately 22,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 58 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. To become a FAAN member, or for more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org.

SOURCE Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network