FAAN Walk for Food Allergies 2011 Austin – Austin Event Photography

We had such a great time at the FAAN Food Allergy WalkFAAN (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) 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.  FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials.  The goal of the walk is to raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.   This organization is very special to me.  My son is anaphylactic to peanuts.  One bite can be fatal for him.   What this organization does for our family and other suffers is so much greater than I could describe.

There were over 400 walkers and they surpassed the $30,000 goal,  raising over $40,000!  Kyle Dine was here from Canada to perform and the kids (and grown ups!) loved his music!  What a great message he has for the kids and the music is just fun to listen to.  the kids of course were not just listening.  They were dancing and singing along!  There were a ton of amazing sponsors there with great products, snacks and services for food allergy suffers.  Dey was there and had stations to register your epi-pens.  If you have one and haven’t registered it- you can do so on this site. AND they were giving away an iPad!  (*  side note, we can not enter drawings.  My son is SURE we are going to win and then baffled, shocked and confused when our name isn’t called!)  In addition to the sponsors, there was a fire truck,  HEB buddy,  a balloon animal clown,  bounce house, and lots of other fun activities.  The weather was just gorgeous and event couldn’t be any more fun!  I am so glad I got to be a part of it :)

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Katie Eaton said . . .

    Oh, wow. I wish I would have paid more attention to events! My 5 yo daughter is allergic to dairy, egg and nuts and we’ve been on an ambulance ride three times to save her life! I HATE food allergies. I LOVE that t-shirt you photographed from the back … soooo true. Where was the event?

    Posted October 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
  2. Whitney Otstott said . . .

    Katie, the walk is sponsored by FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) and it was held on Oct. 1st at Mueller Park near Dell Children’s. If you’re interested in learning more about next year’s walk or about meeting other food allergy families, our local support group is Austin Families with Food Allergies: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/affa

    Posted October 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

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