FARE’s 10th Annual Teen Summit hosted more than 400 people in Washington, DC for a record-setting weekend of learning, bonding and fun!
“In the decade since the advent of this event, the FARE Teen Summit has provided valuable food allergy management strategies to thousands of teens with food allergies.” – James R. Baker, Jr., CEO and chief medical officer of FARE
Not only did teens reconnect with old friends and make new connections with their peers, they had a blast while doing it! At the FARE Teen Summit’s traditional food-free social events, attendees posed for photos, had their caricatures drawn and danced the night away.
A highlight of the weekend was on Saturday afternoon, when attendees came together to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title achievement for the “Largest Allergy Awareness Lesson.” Teens and parents learned about allergic reactions, anaphylaxis and heard from teens who have experienced severe reactions. By setting this record, FARE and Teen Summit attendees hope to raise awareness of the importance of being educated about food allergies and anaphylaxis.
Another notable moment came when Virginia state legislator Mark Keam joined teen attendee Claire Troy in sharing how they worked together to pass a bill requiring food allergy training in restaurants in the state of Virginia.
— Mark L. Keam (@MarkKeam) November 15, 2015
Claire was inspired to write to Del. Keam after she attended the FARE Teen Summit in 2013 and met Danielle Mongeau, who worked to pass a bill in her state of Rhode Island. The FARE Teen Summit truly is a meaningful event that helps guide and inspire young people to get involved with advocating and raising awareness about the food allergy issues important to them.
“FARE is proud to offer this life-changing opportunity to families and teens to learn and form lasting friendships.” – Scott Riccio, FARE’s senior vice president of education & advocacy
The weekend wrapped up with teen talks, a special parent session with FARE Board Chair and food allergy mom Janet Atwater, who spoke about the process of empowering a child to be a strong advocate for themselves, and the traditional teen/parent closing session when the groups have a chance to ask and answer anonymous questions to deepen families’ conversations.
We’d like to thank our fantastic speakers, wonderful volunteers and the dedicated staff from the Food Allergy Program at Children’s National Health System for helping to make this event such a big success! Thank you to photographer and food allergy mom Courtney Clarke for taking photos at the event, and of course, thanks to all of our attendees for joining us for this historic occasion!
The 2015 FARE Teen Summit is made possible thanks in part to generous support from presenting sponsor Mylan Specialty L.P. and premier sponsor Sanofi. Thank you to all of our sponsors!