Monday, September 17, 2012

FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy Is Coming to Salt Lake City!

by Kelley Lindberg

We’re half-way through September, and I can feel the air getting cooler. Nights are downright chilly, the leaves are turning, and my garden is starting to get that almost-done look. After a blazing hot summer, it’s nice to be outside again, right? Maybe take a walk with the kids?

Well, while you’re walking with the kids, wouldn’t it be great to earn some money for food allergy research and education at the same time?

The annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Salt Lake City is rapidly approaching, but there is still plenty of time to sign up – or to donate! Here is what you need to know:

     FAAN Walk for Food Allergy
     Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012
     Sugarhouse Park
     1300 S. 2100 E.
     Salt Lake City, UT 84108

     Check in: 11:00am
     Walk: 12:00 noon
     Distance: 2 miles

There will be lots of fun activities and vendors (some with free samples!) including: face painting, bounce houses, Munchkin Radio, Utah Society of Allergy & Asthma, Utah School Nurses Association, Utah Food Allergy Network, Mylan Pharma (EpiPen), SunButter, and more!

The money earned from the Walk supports FAAN’s (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) invaluable and tireless efforts in food allergy research, advocacy, and education. In addition, by participating, our own UtahFood Allergy Network (UFAN) can apply for a Community Grant from FAAN that we can use to directly benefit our Utah community. Last year’s grant helped us bring in special guest speakers for the Utah Food Allergy Conference in June, and the FAAN school Food Allergy Program purchased for every school district in the state!

The Walk is also a great way to meet other families with food allergies, ask questions, and learn more about food allergies. And there are many opportunities for kids to get to know each other, dance to fun kids’ music with Munchkin Radio, and have a food-free, safe event!

What a great way to spend a beautiful October Saturday. For more information, to sign up for the Walk (as either a team or an individual), or to donate to the Walk, visit the Salt Lake City FAAN Walk website.

If you don’t live in Utah, fear not! Many cities hold FAAN Walks for Food Allergy in September and October, so check FAAN’s website to see if there’s a Walk near you!

See you there!

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