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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, April 7, 2013

Santa Barbara joins FARE Walk for Food Allergy

Walkers Nationwide Raise Funds to Fight Potentially Life-Threatening Disease


People with food allergies, their family and friends, and local community members will participate in Food Allergy Research & Education’s WALK for FOOD ALLERGY on Saturday May 11th at Chase Palm Park from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The FARE Walk unites thousands of Americans seeking a safe and inclusive world for people with food allergies. This potentially life-threatening disease affects up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.

The FARE Walk is a family-friendly event that is taking place in more than 60 communities nationwide to fund food allergy education, advocacy, awareness, and research.

“A food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. Sadly, kids with food allergies know that one bite of the wrong food could have dangerous consequences, including anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly reaction. But it does not have to be that way. We are making great progress in developing life-saving treatments and programs,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “Thanks to our generous sponsors and dedicated supporters, the day will come when we say FAREwell to food allergies.”

Mylan is the presenting sponsor of the FARE Walk for Food Allergies. Additional national sponsors include: Sanofi (Elite Sponsor); So Delicious Dairy Free and SunButter (Platinum Sponsors); TOYOTA, uKnow Peanut, Abbott, and Allergic Living (Bronze Sponsors).

Participants can sign up to walk individually or as part of a team. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, enabling businesses to show their support for families who are living with food allergies from day to day. For more information or to register or volunteer, visit http://www.foodallergywalk.org/santabarbara

ABOUT FARE

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S.– or roughly two in every classroom. Formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FARE’s mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. We do this by providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government, increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue and funding world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies. For more information, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org.

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