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E.A.T Helps Children with Life-Threatening Food Allergies

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Just learning about the non-profit End Allergies Together, Inc. (E.A.T), I am really excited to share their news.  Launched in early 2015, E.A.T is the only organization solely focused on funding food allergy research to help children with life-threatening food allergies. Unlike other organizations focused on advocacy, education, awareness, support and product development, the single goal of E.A.T is to accelerate research for a cure.

The founders of E.A.T, Kim Hall and Elise Bates, are two mothers of children with life-threatening food allergies.  It was at a local food allergy meeting when Kim and Elise bonded over the everyday fears and struggles with their kids’ food allergies.  That’s when they agreed they needed to help find a cure.

Over a year later, E.A.T was born with a laser focus on raising money to support short-term treatments and longer-term solutions for the food allergy epidemic.  I asked Kim Hall to share how hard it has been at times to have a child with food allergies.  Kim Said: “I tell people when they ask that question that it is a lifestyle. Lindsay is allergic to a trace amount of dairy, egg and nuts so we must be vigilant at every turn. It was hard to find schools that could keep her safe, it is dangerous to eat outside the house and it is nearly impossible to travel. We can only stay in hotels that have kitchens. Eating is a part of life and a way of life and it dictates a lifestyle for any family that is impacted by food allergies.”

I applauded Kim for her attitude and for all she’s done for Lindsay as a momma.  I then asked her to share some tips on how parents can keep their children happy, and stay sane in the meantime.  What she shared was really healthy advice.  Said Kim: “A dear friend who raised a son with food allergies taught me a decade ago to ensure my daughter is not defined by food allergies. There is nothing worse than when someone says, ‘that is the allergic child.’  Lindsay loves gymnastics and she happens to have food allergies.

“Play dates have always been extremely important to Lindsay. We are so grateful to have families who know and understand the dangers of Lindsay’s allergies. I always send her with an entire bag of food. She only eats from her bag so no one needs to worry about cross-contamination…not the mom, friend, me or Lindsay. Gymnastics and friends keep her safe and happy!”
 
With 100% of net proceeds going directly to research, E.A.T was founded on the premise that anyone’s contribution, big or small is crucial.

“Eating is a part of every day life and a way of life! But with a person visiting the ER with an allergic reaction every 3 minutes, people who suffer from food allergies can’t just E.A.T” said founders Kim Hall and Elise Bates.  “Boncalme.com is a great resource!  Colleen Francioli has an amazing story and mission. E.A.T welcomes donations of all sizes. That is our mission and story! Every donation small or big, is crucial!

Severe food allergies are growing at a staggering rate with now 1 in 12 children diagnosed and 17 million Americans suffering.

Annual food allergy research costs are an estimated $500 million, and with private and public funding in 2013 there was still a research gap of over $420 million.

If the 30 million people touched by food allergies gave just 10 dollars, the $300 million raised could go a long way towards closing this gap.

About The E.A.T Team:

E.A.T has a multi-perspective approach that brings the medical, scientific, business and legal communities together against the fight for food allergy cure. Funding will be allocated with the help of a medical advisory board of scientists and clinicians, who are leaders in the field but are not seeking research funding for their own studies, so E.A.T’s goal remains objective. For more info visit, http://www.EndAllergiesTogether.com

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