Monday, June 21, 2010

2010 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Salt Lake City

by Kelley Lindberg

Here it is, the first day of summer, and it’s finally warmed up here in Utah. That must mean it’s time to start thinking about fall, right?

Okay, maybe not, but it is time to start thinking about the annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy (Moving Toward a Cure). This will be the second year that the Walk has been held in Salt Lake City, and we’re looking forward to a great turnout!

The SLC Walk will be held on Sat, Oct. 2, at Wheeler Farm (6351 S. 900 E, Salt Lake City). More than four dozen other cities will also be hosting FAAN Walks this year, including Los Angeles, Baltimore, Houston, Minneapolis, Denver, Long Island, and Las Vegas. (See a list of FAAN Walk cities here.)

The FAAN Walks are a significant fundraiser for FAAN (the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), which provides advocacy and education while advancing research on behalf of those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. A portion of the money raised by our Walk will stay in our community – by being donated to UFAN (Utah Food Allergy Network) to support local efforts of education, support, and advocacy.

As one of the most important food allergy organizations in the country, FAAN has made a huge difference in the lives of food allergic people over the last two decades by being a reliable source of accurate information, important research, public awareness, and life-saving (or just life-improving) advice.

Last year, Salt Lake City’s first FAAN Walk for Food Allergy drew over 200 walkers and was a ton of fun. This year, we’re hoping to double or even triple that number of walkers!

Oct. 2 seems like a long time away, but the time to register is now. You can register as an individual walker or as a team of walkers, and there are all kinds of prizes, drawings, and incentives for registering early and for raising money.

Here are the details:
  • 2010 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, Salt Lake City
  • Saturday, Oct. 2
  • Check in at 11:00 am
  • Walk at noon
  • Door prizes, music, face painting, crafts, games, and even race cars to check out!
  • All registered walkers receive one ticket for the door prize drawings, but there will be more ways to get additional tickets.
  • All children who walk will receive a Walk t-shirt. Adults who raise $100 or more will receive a t-shirt.
  • All donations received by Aug. 1 will count towards incentive prizes, which start with donation amounts as low as $250.
  • Want your team name printed on your Walk team t-shirts? Just raise $1000 or have 50 walkers registered in your team by July 31.
The direct site for the SLC Walk is here:
The incentive prizes are listed here:
We can sure use some sponsors to help make the FAAN Walk a success. Sponsors who contribute more than $2500 can have their logo on event posters, but the donation must be received this week (by June 23). Donations of $1000 or more get placement on Walk t-shirts – those donations must be in by mid-August. If your company or business would like to be a sponsor, see the sponsor information here:
So even though today is the first day of summer, Oct 2 will be here before we know it. Whether you’re a corporate sponsor, a walker, or a generous soul who can donate to help someone you know with food allergies, the 2010 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy is a great opportunity to make a real difference for people with food allergies everywhere!

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