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Date:2/23/2009

FAAN's Walk for Food Allergy Funds Local Initiatives in 26 Communities

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) announced today its plans to continue funding local initiatives in communities throughout the U.S. affected by food allergies.

"A key part of FAAN's mission is to provide education that raises awareness of food allergies and supports families and communities affected by food allergies," said Julia Bradsher, FAAN's CEO.

In today's crumbling economy, many organizations working with worthy causes are finding it tough to secure funding, and educational programs are facing cutbacks. Yet, despite the nationwide economic downturn, FAAN remains committed to its mission and continues to offer funding for local initiatives.

To date, FAAN has awarded more than 40 grants to 26 cities that have hosted a FAAN Walk for Food Allergy. Such cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis, St. Paul, and many more. Seven grants have been awarded this year.

Utilizing funds raised from the Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure(TM) campaign, FAAN's Community Outreach Grant program provides financial resources for local education programs and support group activities, and provides scholarships for school nurses to attend the annual conference of the National Association of School Nurses.

The grant submission requests that FAAN received encompassed a broad range of local initiatives, all targeted at increasing food allergy awareness and education. The projects awarded grant funding this year include:

  • Lending libraries and materials for support groups
  • Distribution of FAAN's School Food Allergy Program and Child Care and Preschool Guide to Managing Food Allergies to area schools
  • Educational materials for a metropolitan school district food allergy conference and a pilot program to standardize the care of children who have food allergies
  • Display booths and banners for community events
  • Educational workshop with the local YMCA

Additionally, to date, FAAN has awarded over 40 School Nurse Conference Scholarships to nurses throughout the country. The annual conference of the National Association of School Nurses offers the latest information about managing food allergy in schools. Twenty-five scholarships have been awarded this year.

"School nurses play a critical role in keeping our children safe at school," said Bradsher. "We are pleased to provide an opportunity to not only recognize efforts made by these nurses but also offer a means to help further education and awareness on behalf of those with food allergies."

"It was very inspiring to see over 1,200 school nurses together in one unity discussing school nursing issues and sharing ideas for providing the best nursing care for school age children nationwide. I'm so grateful for the scholarship FAAN provided. It wouldn't have been possible for me to go to this conference without the scholarship," said Susan Han, R.N., M.S.N., N.P. a district nurse in Pleasanton, Calif. who received a School Nurse Conference Scholarship in 2008.

For more information on the Community Outreach Grant program, timeline, and criteria, please visit the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy website at www.foodallergywalk.org.

ABOUT FAAN

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts about 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org, www.faankids.org, and www.faanteen.org.


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