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Country Music Star Trace Adkins to Be Honorary Chair of Nationwide Walk for Food Allergy
Date:6/25/2008

FAIRFAX, Va., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Country music superstar and "The Celebrity Apprentice" finalist Trace Adkins will serve as the National Honorary Chair of the 2008 Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure.

The event, to be held in 26 cities across the country as well as online, is sponsored by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to increase awareness and raise money for education and research.

Adkins, a multifaceted entertainer who has enjoyed a remarkable 12-year career, served as the National Honorary Chair of the 2007 Walk for Food Allergy. He and his wife, Rhonda, became active members of FAAN six years ago upon learning that one of their daughters was allergic to peanuts.

"I'm honored to be serving once again as the National Honorary Chair for FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure," says Adkins. "Millions of school-age children are afflicted with food allergies in this country, and the numbers are increasing each year. Much more research funds are needed to find out what is causing this problem and how we can fix it. With the help of thousands of walkers and volunteers nationwide, we can hopefully raise more money to help find a cure."

The Adkins family attended FAAN Kids' Congress on Capitol Hill in 2005 and, most recently, got support from U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management Act (S.1232), bringing bipartisan support to the bill. If passed, the bill will provide schools across the country with uniform guidance on how to create appropriate management and emergency plans for children with food allergies.

"Food allergies continue to increase in children, yet we don't know why," says FAAN CEO and Founder Anne Munoz-Furlong. "The Walk for Food Allergy events will raise money for research and education programs to help us reach for a cure so that children living with food allergies don't have to worry about having a reaction ev
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SOURCE Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
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