I can’t believe it is already June!! The month of May flew by but was really exciting. I have several events to tell you about and so many people to thank.
First **new** -Food Allergy Action Month
I hope you saw that FARE declared the month of May to be Food Allergy Action Month. In addition to Food Allergy Awareness Week we now get to raise awareness all month long. Although it just ended, check out their site for some great bookmarks, posters, sample tweets etc. at www.foodallergy.org. Increasing awareness can be a full time project! I wore my teal and I got lots of comments on my teal nail polish!
Second The 2014 Charity Golf Classic & $210,000!
I had the privilege to play a small part in a terrific annual fundraiser, the 2014 Charity Golf Classic. Every May, this amazing group holds a golf fundraiser at the beautiful Bulle Rock Golf Course in order to raise money for Dr. Robert Wood’s food allergy research at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. I volunteer to help during the day which includes witnessing any hole in ones at the par 3s. They actually had a winner and a lucky golfer won a car! Even more amazing is that in the last 3 years, they raised over $470,000 for food allergy research and that day presented a check to Dr. Wood for $210,000!! Thank you to the Paterakis family and the board for contributing necessary money to fund research in order to help find a cure for food allergies!
Third “Food Allergies Aren’t Just Nuts” Panel
In celebration of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I was co-coordinator of a food allergy panel discussion at the Anne Arundel Medical Center on May 13th called -“Food Allergies Aren’t Just Nuts”. I was one of 6 panelists including allergist Dr. Timothy Andrews, registered dietician Maureen Shackelford, AACo. Public school nurse, registered dietitian with AACo. Public Schools Kim Trahan, Maureen Burke of One Dish Cuisine and moderator registered dietician Ann Caldwell. We had a nice mix of parents of children with food allergies as well as adults with food allergies. Thanks to Anne Arundel Medical Center for hosting this event and to all of you who provided goodies for this including Daiya Foods, No Nut Butter, Royallyallergic, Enjoy Life, Sanofi, Smart Allergy Friendly Education, FAACT, Namaste, GoDairyFree, One Dish Cuisine, SunButter, FARE, Mylan, Gordy and the Magic Diet, Surf Sweets, The No Biggie Bunch, and Sun Cups!
Last, Trader Joe’s Food Allergy Awareness
Trader Joe’s graciously agreed to have an allergy tasting (of their sunflower seed butter and Snickerdoodle cookies which are free of the top 8 allergens) for two weeks in May along with food allergy information including my book A Little Bit CAN Hurt. I was really excited to see the display and for their support! By the way, the Snickerdoodle cookies didn’t last more than a few minutes around my sons!
Well, I think that is it for now. Did you have a chance to spread food allergy awareness? Did you read to a class, tell someone about food allergies, or wear teal?
I would love to hear what you did. Please post in the comments below.
Supporting the Food Allergy Circle
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Donna DeCosta, MD ( @foodallermomdoc ) is founder of FoodAllergyMomDoc an online community dedicated to supporting the Food Allergy Circle with tips, ideas and resources and author of A Little Bit CAN Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies — Why We Should Care, What We Can Do.