May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. Anaphylaxis Canada is seeking nominations for “Difference Makers,” people who have improved the lives of those with food allergies. Nominate someone at: anaphylaxis.ca.
The EpiPen Take Action Event is a series of fun, family walk/runs organized in support of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association. This year, the events take place in Ottawa, ON (May 5), Winnipeg, MB (May 12), Brooklin, ON (May 12), Windsor, ON (May 26), and Mississauga, ON (May 27). A substantial portion of the money raised at the events goes to the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAIFF) in support of allergy research and patient education. Learn more about participating or donating.
In the United States, Food Allergy Awareness Week takes place from May 13 to 19. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is off to Capitol Hill on May 16 in support of the School Access to Epinephrine Act, which “encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have ‘stock’ epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that could be used for any student having an anaphylactic reaction.” [Source: Allergic Living]. Some states have already issued proclamations supporting the event. Visit FAAN’s website for a sample proclamation to send to your governor.