By Julie Wilcox
Member, FARE Board of Directors
After my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies, I felt a strong need to become involved within the food allergy community. When my daughter was five, I signed up for the Boston FARE Walk for Food Allergy and to my surprise, I received an email asking if I would volunteer my time to FARE and be the Walk Chair for this local event. While that wasn’t my original plan, becoming the Walk Chair helped me become part of a much larger team dedicated to improving the lives of people with food allergies. After eleven years, I have realized that sometimes these important life opportunities find you for a reason.
Through each stage of my daughter’s food allergy journey, FARE has been there. At the time of diagnosis, FARE was our main educational resource and as my daughter grew, so did our involvement. FARE opened up opportunities for me to advocate for my daughter at her school, have her attend FARE’s Teen Summit, and spread awareness during Food Allergy Action Month. Currently, we are using FARE’s higher education resources as my daughter enters the next phase of her food allergy journey, transitioning from high school to college.
My experiences with FARE are a continual reminder of their commitment to the food allergy community. Through their education and advocacy initiatives, FARE supports the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others.This work requires continued support as more and more families receive a food allergy diagnosis each year.
As the mother of a child with food allergies, long-time donor and board member, I am pleased to announce that FARE’s Board of Directors will match every gift up to a total of $100,000 through Dec. 31. Now, with every dollar that you give in support of FARE, you have the opportunity to double your donation to ensure the creation of valuable resources and initiatives throughout the coming year.
I hope you will join me during this time of giving and make a contribution to advance FARE’s mission. To give today to double the impact you make for the food allergy community , please visit foodallergy.org/donate.