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MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies) is a group of parents sharing information and supporting each other. MOCHA started in Chicago, yet our members are from around the United States. Members of MOCHA know how frightening it can be to learn that your child has been diagnosed with severe, often life-threatening allergies.

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“ONE IN 13 U.S. CHILDREN SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.” That is the amazing statistic and published conclusion reached by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Northwestern University; Mary Ann & J Milburn Smith Senior Scientist in Child Health Research; Clinical Attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; and Director, Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research (SOAAR) Program. Dr. Gupta has studied the prevalence of food allergy in our country and its impact on quality of life, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of families, physicians, and the general public regarding food allergy.

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We know how hard it is to live with food allergies 24-7. Often, parents and their children feel overwhelmed and alone. That’s why we started MOCHA here in Illinois:  to create a local community of families who could share challenges and triumphs, so that both parents and their food allergic children could experience fellowship and camaraderie whenever they chose to connect. Read More ...

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