Food Allergy Walk Pittsburgh – Sept. 18th, 2011!

I read about this a while ago, and kind of put it in the back of my mind, and now it’s snuck up on me again. Being a food allergy advocate (or annoyance depending on your point of view) of sorts, I really ought to go to this.

I was excited to see this article today via the Food Allergy DailyFAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure Coming Back to Pittsburgh

This especially caught my attention:

The Walk is a non-competitive 2-mile course and participation is free. Families can enjoy samples from allergen-free food vendors, music and children’s activities. Joining us this year will be Sally Wiggin (WTAE-TV), and singer and songwriter Kyle Dine (, to educate and entertain with his songs about food allergies.

FAAN Walk For Food Allergy Logo

Kyle Dine rules! Kyle is also a soldier in the #FoodAllergyDudeArmy (a covert special ops branch of the #FoodAllergyMomArmy) on Twitter.  Of course, Sally Wiggin is also a local legend.  The walk is taking place at Hartwood Acres.

At any rate… I know there are many many walks for many many reasons, but I see this as an opportunity to do something other than whine about food allergies on the internet and send restaurants annoying (and hopefully entertaining) emails about deathfish.

The article above also drops these fascinating facts:

Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis outside the hospital setting and the CDC reports that food allergies result in over 300,000 ambulatory care visits each year among children. Eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. Food allergy afflicts one in 25 Americans overall, and one in 17 under age 3.

The official FAAN page for Pittsburgh is here: | 2011 Walk in Pittsburgh, PA

I’ll sign up to walk as an individual, or I can put together a team if anyone’s interested.  The individual suggested goal is $300.  The suggested team goal is $1,500.00.

So, here’s where I ask for help.  Does anyone want to donate, or walk with me?

Think “Team Deathfish” sounds like a good name?

16 thoughts on “Food Allergy Walk Pittsburgh – Sept. 18th, 2011!

  1. I have $50 to get things rolling. I am also willing to donate a mostly free Ernie and the Berts T Shirt to the first 10 people also willing to give at least $50 or more. The caveat is you either have to come to a EatB show to pick up your shirt, or send me $4.00 to cover the postage. I wish i could walk with Eric, but my own health issues probably wouldn’t make that a good idea. Go Team Deathfish!
    -Your Pal Ernie.


  2. I’m Considering doing a Special Limited Edition run of Ernie and the Berts Ts just for the people that contribute to Eric’s Team Deathfish Campaign. Maybe in “Shrimp Stink Pink”, or “Dead Lobster Red”? This would be the only way to get this shirt in this color.. Any Interest or am I fooling myself into thinking people actually want these?
    -Your Pal Ernie


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