- My Goal: $600.00
- I Have Raised: $264.75
I’m 44% of the way there with 2 days left for your donations! If 34 people donate $10 each, I can exceed my goal. Help me out with my goal & help a good cause?
Even if you can’t donate, please just share the link like crazy? Thanks for your time and your consideration.
Read more about it here:
- 2012 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Haven’t been blogging much lately, but I have a new job, am trying to get mazes done when I can, and I’ve been researching several potential purchases to help with said job online. I will no doubt get back to blogging once things level out.
Any advice on which Epipen leg pouch I should get? The OmaxCare™ LegBuddy™, the Allergy Essentials Epissentials™ Epipen Holder, or something else?
Epissentials™ Epipen Case
Medipouch Leg Wrap
I finally got my prescription renewed, & got a double-pack. Thankfully I’ve never had to jab myself with one. I did try the practice one a few times. So, what do you do with your expired ones? Does anyone take donations or recycle them?
Help Me Reach My Goal!
Don’t forget, I’ll be doing the FAAN Walk For Food Allergy on Sept. 16th in Pittsburgh, and I could certainly always use more donations! I’m only about a third of the way to my goal this year, so I can certainly use some help.
I’m also always trying to figure out how to come up with cash to buy more goofy guitars, and Ernie and the Berts is writing more stuff & hoping to record ASAP. I try to catch other local & national shows when I can.
Of course, I’m also spending time with the wife, as we have some fun stuff coming up… like weddings, hopefully the Renaissance Fair soon, the Food Allergy Walk, a camp service for church, and more.
I’m still not Kmart or McDonald’s, but I do have some blog feedback that I need to address.
I might have some more stuff asking opinions in the next few days.
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Can we do it again?
Well, I’m doing it again. My wife & I had a blast last year, it was cool to see so many others out there to support their friends or family members with food allergies, or even for themselves.
Most importantly, we all helped raise money for Food Allergy research & awareness.
Last year, I exceeded my $300 goal & made over $500 & was one of the top individual earners. This year, I’d like to break $600 or higher, and I need your help to get there.
So please, consider sponsoring me in the walk. Your tax-deductible donation can be made easily online. Just go to the following url & click the “Donate” button:
I’d also appreciate if you could spread the word by sharing that url or this blog.
I have just over a month to get these donations in, so let’s get the ball rolling!
Here’s a little bit of information about FAAN & how your donations are going to be used:
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 approximately 6 million children.
A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has approximately 25,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 58 other countries. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials.
For more information about FAAN, including additional food allergy facts and statistics, please visit www.foodallergy.org.
To raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Why We Walk
- We walk to fund food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research programs.
- We walk to provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for those affected by food allergies to network.
- We walk to save a life!
Over the years, FAAN has been at the forefront of progress in food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research. Findings from research studies have been used to change federal and state laws, improve school policies, raise public awareness, improve the daily lives of individuals with food allergy, and provide education for patients, caregivers, and health professionals. Funds from programs like the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy support FAAN’s efforts to achieve these feats.
FAAN continues to lay the groundwork for a brighter future for those with food allergies.
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.
You can also sign up to walk in Pittsburgh, or in your area if you’re interested. We could also use local sponsors, volunteers, and much more help. Check out the Pittsburgh page for details!
Thank you for your time & considering a donation.
2012 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy
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Voices Against Brain Cancer
Jesse Laz from the band Locksley is participating in a walk to fight Brain Cancer. I think it should be obvious to Ernie and the Berts friends & fans that it’s an issue close to our hearts. I urge you to support Jesse for this walk. Do it for Jesse’s friends and family, and do it for our friend & fearless leader, Erin “Ernie” Payne.
Erin was the only person more vocal than me when I was raising money for the food allergy walk, & even put his money where is mouth was, as well as providing special edition T-shirts.
Jesse is trying to reach $17,000 in 17 days. It’s a lofty goal, and every donation counts. He’ll press a special vinyl if & only if the goal is met. So please, donate if you can, or at least share the link like mad.
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4th out of the 5 top individual earners!
So, we had a great time on Sunday at the Pittsburgh Food Allergy Walk! I was honored to receive a certificate for being a top individual fundraiser, and glad I could help. I was also asked to perhaps take part in getting the word out next year, and maybe be in on some of the planning. My online chatter was picked up by this year’s volunteer chair Uwe Winzen, as well as the founder of EpiMoms (I’m a terrible person, I forgot her name already). How cool is that?
(I say next year, we get the 501st Legion out there! – Looks like they appeared at some other cities’ food allergy walks!)
Campaign Progress - Goal: $50,000.00 Achieved: $39,333.05
As of right now, the site states that we raised $39,333.05 toward the $50k goal. I head a number in the $40 range on Sunday, but perhaps they’re still tallying cash & check donations made the day of the walk. With online & offline donations, I raised $560.55 and Bethany raised $106.85… so we raised a total of $667.40. We quite literally could not have done it without the support of our friends & family.
I did notice that I was in the minority… all the walkers received a ribbon: Blue for people with food allergies, green for friends & family supporters. I didn’t see too many people my age or older with blue ribbons. It seemed to be a core of families who had small children & young teens with food allergies.
It was fun to finally meet & see a performance from Kyle Dine after talking via Twitter & Facebook. After all, we do represent the #FoodAllergyDudeArmy. Kyle does great work educating kids on what to do regarding not taking food from just anyone, getting an adult to read labels, and speaking out right away about reactions… as well as letting them know they’re not alone. I also got to personally thank local celebrity Sally Wiggin for her generous donation! She called me a sweetheart. ❤
I have some photos up on Facebook, and hope to send them to FAAN so they can be placed in their Flickr photostream. Hopefully others will comment on the day’s events at the Pittsburgh Food Allergy Walk Facebook Page.
Got a nice little video thank-you from FAAN too:
One of the coolest things I took away from the day was talking to Chef Regis Holden from Eat ‘n Park about their food allergy policies & procedures. He told us how he worked with Bill Moore, their Director of Safety and Security, to develop practices from marking the order, to looking up all of the ingredients with possible cross-contaminants, to this awesome little purple kit with a sterile sanitary contaminant-free cutting board, knife, tongs, and other tools. Chef Holden also spoke of yearly allergen training video refreshers, and of how he had just recently heard good things about the Eat ‘n Park on Banksville Road which is nearby. I may just have to go see for myself, and blog about their process and my adventure!
Thanks again to everyone who gave us donations, and to the walk organizers. I think we did some good work for FAAN!
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