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Friday, May 12, 2017



The FASE (Food Allergy Support and Education) program of Lurie Children's Hospital is in full swing this Spring and Summer! FASE Workshops and Hangouts are open to everyone! 

May 22 is the next Kids with Food Allergy HANGOUT at Lurie Children's. This month we're asking the kids to "Bring a Friend"!  We will talk to our non-food allergy friends about what food allergy is, why we need to do what we need to do and how to use the epinephrine auto-injectors.  It promises to be an awesome night. Sign up quickly because we will have to close registration at a certain number of kiddos!
Register here and be sure to share!! 

To sign up for the Hangout, please register here by clicking the green button: 

FASE also hosts monthly Essentials of Food Allergy as well as Topic-based workshops, including Nutrition for the Child with Food Allergy . To sign up for the Workshops, please register here by clicking the purple button:


FARE’s Annual Teen Summit has been building new and long-lasting friendships for over a decade. Pre-teens and teens ages 11-22, as well as their parents, are invited to attend. There will be sessions specific to food-allergy related issues faced in middle school, high school, and college, plus fun social events and helpful support groups throughout the weekend. Our parents’ track will discuss common challenges parents of teens with food allergies care about and help address parents’ most top-of-mind questions and concerns.  Register here.


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) wants to help diners with food allergies have a safer and more enjoyable time when dining out. Recently they announced the launch of the SafeFARE program, an online resource center and public awareness campaign about dining out with food allergies. The SafeFARE website ( includes tips for before and during a visit to a restaurant, a customizable “Food Allergy Alert” chef card, and a “Find a Restaurant” feature that will allow diners to find local restaurants with staff that have completed allergen training programs. FARE has also released a national public service announcement (PSA), featuring celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella, focused on promoting teamwork between people with food allergies and restaurant staff. More information is available at Visitors to the website can also download a SafeFARE flyer to send to local restaurants encouraging them to sign up for food allergy training and then get listed in the SafeFARE restaurant database.



Have you viewed the DISCOVERY CHANNEL documentary, "An Emerging Epidemic:  Food Allergies in America," which aired in September?  FARE is thrilled to have partnered with the Discovery Channel to produce this important documentary, featuring our very own Anne Thompson, her son Andrew, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta, that explores what it is like to live with life-threatening food allergies, how families and individuals managing food allergies are working to raise awareness in their communities, and the vital research underway to find effective treatments and a cure.   The hour-long documentary profiles several individuals and families managing food allergies and includes interviews with leading allergists and FARE CEO John Lehr. The program was supported through an educational grant from FARE and Mylan.  View it here.


How Related are Food Allergies to Other Allergies?  View the cross-reactivity chart here.



Written by Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, and Denise Bunning, you'll want multiple copies of this book to share with friends and family!

As daunting as food allergies might seem, researchers are making breakthroughs every day as they continue to search for cures. Written by a pediatrician and medical researcher who is also the mother of a child with food allergy, Dr. Ruchi S. Gupta’s The Food Allergy Experience will prove a trusted guide and reference supplying information and support for anyone seeking to help children with food allergies thoroughly enjoy life and develop to their full potential.  Get your copy at a MOCHA meeting or at

Dr. Gupta has been featured in several recent media:  Story in Lurie Children’s Research Newsletter. And Denise Bunning has been featured in North Shore Magazine.



  • MOCHA ALLERGY BLING!:  As a personal expression of thanks for your donation in honor of MOCHA to FARE or ANY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, Denise Bunning would like to give donors the choice of the following items that she designed in collaboration with She Beads. The beads denote each of the nine most common food allergens. You’ll treasure these forever! While supplies last.

    Keychain/Bracelet:Gift for your $100 donation
    Lanyard: Gift for your $100 donation
    Earrings: Gift for your $  50 donation

  • IS YOUR SCHOOL ALLERGY-READY? How to C.A.R.E. for Students with Food Allergies: What Educators Should Know is an interactive online course that provides an any time, any place education solution for school personnel. Developed in partnership with leading organizations and critically evaluated by health professionals and educators, this innovative course is designed to help Boards of Education and school personnel prevent and manage emergency situations. Check it out at

  • EMERGENCY EPINEPHRINE ACT, Public Act 97-0361, is a recently enacted law that allows any school to voluntarily keep an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand. These school supplied auto-injectors may be used by school staff for any child who has a written plan in place and by school nurses when they assess that a student is having a life-threatening allergic reaction.  Click here  to view the ABC 7 news segment on the epinephrine bill, with interviews of FARE's Jennifer Jobrack and Christine Szychlinski, APN,CPNP, from Lurie Children's Hospital.