I got an exciting piece of mail from the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania today. It looks to actually be signed in felt-tip pen by Ed Rendell himself, or at least stamped on by one of his staff. It’s got a nifty raised gold seal, and came in an official looking (& taxpayer money wasting) blue folder.
It’s a proclamation declaring the week of May 9th-15th, 2010 as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. I believe they’ve declared it in years past, not sure why they need to re-do it every year… but I’m guessing this was sparked by an email I sent recently thanks to FAAN. Their theme this year is to “Respect Every Bite”.
Check out some photos:
Here’s a scan of the proclamation itself…
And, here’s the text:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
May 9-15, 2010
WHEREAS, Twelve million Americans have food allergies; 3 million are children under the age of 18; and
WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children; and
WHEREAS, eight foods cause 90 percent of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. Symptoms of a food allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat; and
WHEREAS, food allergy reactions cause 50,000 to 125,000 visits to the emergency room each year in the U.S., depending on the source. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and
WHEREAS, there is no cure for food allergy, and scientists do not understand why. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction; and
WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death; and
WHEREAS, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about food allergy and anaphylaxis.
THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 9-15, 2010 as FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK in Pennsylvania.
GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this seventh day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and ten, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
EDWARD G. RENDELL
I just thought it may excite some other allergy afflicted and/or aware people out there, and wanted to share the good news! I know it’s not much, but the proclamation is a small step in the larger awareness of the issue on the whole… and a recognition by the government may lead to further legislation.
Oddly, I think the best part of it is that I got something from the highest state office with a gold seal on it that also contains the word “diarrhea”. If that’s not a win, then I don’t know what is.