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Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness WeekAbby, age 14, is allergic to eggs and tree nuts and has one big gripe: “ When you explain to a person that you have a food allergy, they make a huge deal out of it. Many people cannot imagine what life would be like with a food allergy. This really bothers me.”

Frustrated with always having to explain the seriousness of her allergy to new friends, Abby realized, “The only way to improve this situation is to spread the word about food allergy. People need to know it is serious, but it can also be easily managed. We need to educate people about food allergy: what it is, how to manage it, and what to do when a reaction occurs.”

Abby and 15 other teens participated in FAAN’s Kids’ Congress on Capitol Hill this past fall. The teens traveled to Washington, D.C., to ask their state representatives to sponsor the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act of 2005 (H.R. 4063). Their efforts had great results—numerous representatives immediately agreed to co-sponsor the bill.

Although educating others about food allergies may seem like a daunting task, many FaanTeens have discovered easy ways to raise awareness while having a lot of fun in the process. Here are some suggestions:

Do you have a birthday or a graduation coming up? Consider asking your friends and family to make donations to FAAN in your honor. Create a fund-raising page, add your photo and your story, and get started!

Let us know what awareness activities you plan for your school or your community. Be sure to take lots of pictures, too! Remember, you can make a BIG difference.

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