FAAN + FAI = FARE

Leading Food Allergy Organizations Announce Completion of Merger and Introduce New Name


Merger Between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative Finalized
FAIRFAX, VA and NEW YORK (Nov. 12, 2012) – The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) today announced the completion of their merger, marking a tremendous milestone for the food allergy community. The new organization, known as FARE, will be dedicated to food allergy research and education with the mission of ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.
FARE combines FAAN’s expertise as the most trusted source of information, programs and resources related to food allergies with FAI’s leadership as the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research. The organizations first announced their intent to merge in May and recently received the final regulatory approvals.

Building on the significant accomplishments of FAAN and FAI over the past two decades, FARE will fund world-class research that advances treatment and understanding, provide evidence-based education and resources, undertake advocacy at all levels of government, and work to increase awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue.

“FARE is committed to serving all those affected by food allergies through research, education, advocacy and awareness,” said John Lehr, CEO of FARE. “Food allergies are a serious and growing public health issue touching every aspect of our society, and it is critical for all of us – whether food-allergic or not – to know how to properly manage this potentially life-threatening condition.”
The merger comes at a crucial time in the national discourse around food allergies. This potentially life-threatening medical condition, which has no cure, affects as many as 15 million people in the U.S., including one in every 13 children – or roughly two in every classroom. With nearly 40 percent of these children already having experienced a severe or life-threatening food-allergic reaction, the need for a cure – and for increased education about the impact of this condition – is urgent.
Through the end of 2012, FAAN and FAI events, public communications and websites will continue with the existing organizations’ names. FARE will debut its new logo and website, which will be located at www.foodallergy.org, in early 2013.

The new organization will be headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to existing offices in New York and Chicago, FARE will have five regional offices covering the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West to help expand fundraising and outreach activities.

About FARE

Founded in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FARE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to food allergy research and education with the mission of ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. Food allergies are potentially life-threatening and affect as many as 15 million people in the United States, including 5.9 million children. FARE funds world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies, provides evidence-based education and resources, undertakes advocacy at all levels of government, and increases awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org.

Media Contact

Nancy Gregory
Media Relations
(703) 563-3066
E-mail: ngregory@foodallergy.org

Event - Spirit of Advocacy

9th Annual Children’s Hospital of Richmond
Spirit of Advocacy

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Brook Road Campus Auditorium
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA
Doors open at 6.

Don’t Go Nuts:
Be Your Child’s Advocate Against Food Allergies
This special program is FREE and will provide information on ways to keep children with food allergies safe at school and in the community. The program will explore food allergy risks, awareness and partnership opportunities with educational and community resources.

2012 Spirit of Advocacy Award winners will be announced in the categories of family, community and faculty/staff.

Please register by September 29, 2012.
Call 804-228-5836 or e-mail jtlear@chva.org.

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Northern Virginia

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Check in: 10:00 a.m. Walk: 11:00 am
Distance: 2 miles

Join us! Our team page: http://www.foodallergywalk.org/site/TR/2012Walks/2012Walks?team_id=70761&pg=team&fr_id=2182

March Support Group Meeting

All meetings are free and open to the community; preregistration is not required. Parents are invited to attend support group meetings without children, to allow for candid adult conversation (with the exception of infants in car seats or carriers).

March Support Group Meeting Announced
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Location: Twin Hickory Library Conference Room (8)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Contact: Sara Kamencik, kamencik5@gmail.com

For a complete list of upcoming Support Group Meetings, visit:
http://www.richmondfoodallergy.org/p/support-group-meeting-schedule_07.html

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