Stepping Up for Food Allergies
This weekend my friends and I joined about 200 other food allergy sufferers and sympathizers at the FARE Walk for Food Allergy on the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. This was my first time participating and I’m sure glad I did. Upon arrival to the walk, we were given teal t-shirts, beads, raffle tickets, and a scavenger-hunt activity. There were tons of kids so there were many activities for them including a huge inflatable slide, face-painting, tug-o-war and photos with Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World child-actor Auggie Maturo (a fellow allergy-sufferer). There were also giveaways of allergy-friendly food samples (I will showcase some of these products in an upcoming blog post), which is something I am always on the lookout for. One of the things that stuck out to me is the safety first rule of the walk — none of the samples can be opened/tested during the event, just in case someone is allergic to these alternatives. I wish more events were this thoughtful.
At the top of the walk, there was a ceremony in which the top fundraising teams were honored and a member of the FARE board of directors spoke. This was followed by the one-mile walk around the historic CBS Studio Center lot.
The most memorable aspect of this event for me was the crowd. It was diverse in race, age, and sex, which was amazing to see. Food allergies don’t just affect one type of individual — it affects many people in different ways, and I think that’s something a lot of people don’t really understand. Living with food allergies is a real challenge … but the journey is made easier with support from family, friends and organizations like FARE committed to raising awareness.