Sorry if I seem like that guy next to a dumpster outside of a funeral home trying to sell you dead flowers so I can raise “bus fair” lately.
That said, this is a cause that’s obviously near & dear to me… so I’d really like to make a big impact. I’m already a great deal of the way closer to reaching my “goal” of $300, but I’d prefer to exceed that goal for my first Food Allergy Walk if at all possible. I just left the default goal of $300 as I was setting up the page at FoodAllergyWalk.org, and thought it would be a good start. I had no idea that donations would come in so quickly! I think I can do a lot more than $300, with the help of my friends & family.
As of this posting:
- The national goal is $3,000,000.00, and the amount raised so far is $822,567.86 with 4 of 43 walks completed overall.
- The goal for the Pittsburgh walk is $50,000.00 and they’re currently at $29,150.45.
Keep ’em coming, and pass along the link if so inclined! That’s:
Donate to Eric for the 2011 FAAN Walk!
If you’d like to donate to my lovely wife instead of me, you can do that too:
Donate to Bethany for the 2011 FAAN Walk!
She has to deal with this food allergy crap as much as I do, and she has to put up with my insane ramblings about food allergies & food service in real life, then hear “Yeah, didn’t you read my blog post about that?” from me repeatedly. She reads labels, asks questions, makes phone calls and even taste-tests for me. Perhaps she deserves your donations more than I do!
You can follow the links to either of our names do donate right through a secure connection through the Food Allergy Walk website. I have found out that since my last post about this, the minimum donation online is $10. I’ll take any amount in person. $5 or $1 is still a donation. I’ll have an envelope for cash & checks (made payable to FAAN).
I’ll hit you with some FAAN Facts…
- As many as 15 million Americans have food allergies, including approximately 6 million children.
- The CDC reported that food allergies result in over 300,000 ambulatory-care visits a year among children.
- Eight foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans), wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
- There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.
- Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
- Most people who’ve had an allergic reaction to something they ate thought that it was safe.
I’m all about raising awareness of the seriousness of food allergies. It’s hard to impress the severity upon some people, especially those in the food service industry. Money raised will go to research and education. In fact, here’s how your donations will be used:
How FAAN Uses Your Contributions
FAAN uses contributions to fund its education, advocacy, research, and awareness efforts. Eighty-one cents of every dollar is spent on innovative research and programs that help give families struggling with food allergies a fighting chance. Since 2004, FAAN has funded more than $4.6 million in research. Education remains the single most important component of staying safe while living with food allergies. Since 2006, FAAN has funded nearly $175,000 in Community Outreach Grants to local support groups throughout the country.
Again, I thank you for your tolerance. I’d like to develop one to shellfish, but I don’t see it happening without your help!
Oh yeah, Ernie of Ernie and the Berts is willing to give a free special-run king krab orange T-shirt to anyone who donates over $50 & wants one. Click here for how to claim yours!