The Columbus 2013 FARE Walk for Food Allergies

The 2013 Columbus FARE Walk for Food Allergy was held this year on Saturday, September 22, 2013.  I must say, the girls and I had a great time! TheFantasticallyfreefarewalk weather was perfect and there was a great turnout for the walk.

The best part is that we Columbus walkers met and exceeded the goal of raising $30,000 for FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)!  The official total is $31, 985!

If you haven’t participated in a FARE Walk, you definitely should.  Not only is it a great way to raise money, but it also a lot of fun for the kids.  My girls had a blast walking, dancing, and jumping in the bounce house.  It’s also a great way to meet other families who are also living with food allergies and build your support network.

The event also draws a number of allergy-aware sponsors who sell products and services that may be able to help you better manage your food allergies or just live more fantastically with them.  There were a number of sponsors such as allergists, pharmaceutical companies,  and food vendors that you could talk to and sample products.  Just be careful if you want to sample foods.  While the foods are allergy-friendly they may not be allergy-free or safe for you to eat.  As always, read the label before indulging in any food.  I actually came across a few food finds that weren’t safe for my kiddos to eat.

All in all it was a great experience and we will definitely be participating again next year!

Want to walk next year? Here are few tips to raise money and have a great time:

1) Visit www.foodallergywalk.org. Visit the walk website to find a FARE Walk in your area.  There may still be time for you to register for a walk this year.

2) Register early.  Register as early as possible so that you have more time to raise money for Food Allergy Reasearch and Education (FARE).

3) Make it fun for the whole family. Create a cool team name for your family, wear a wacky uniform, special t-shirts, or buttons.  Get creative and show your spunk and personality.

4) Eat before you go.  To keep the kiddos safe and satisfied, eat before you go and make sure everyone washes their hands afterwards.  This keeps the walk entertainment and attractions, like the bounce house, safe for everyone.

5) Spread the word. Tell everyone you know about the FARE Walk. The more the merrier.  The more people who are aware food allergies the better.  Not only will it help to raise more money but it also raises community support for people living with food allergies.

Have you participated in a FARE Walk in your area? Please tell us about your experience and leave a comment below.

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About Tiffany deSilva

Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, is the Founder of Fantastically Free, a Make Difference Divsion of BrightFire Network, LLC. Tiffany is on a mission to help children, families, and adults live safe, healthy, and happy lives despite food allergies.

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Hi Tiffany!
    It was so nice meeting you this past weekend in Vegas….and now I know why you said I looked familiar. We were at the Columbus FARE Walk, too! I bet we saw each other there that day, but had no idea….it’s a small world!
    Rachel

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