Fare Walk for Food Allergy Comes to Austin – Olympic Gold Medalist, Mitch Gaylord, Named Honorary Ambassador


The FARE Walk for Food Allergy, presented by Mylan Specialty L.P., raises critical funds and awareness each year to support Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in its mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

Join FARE and the food allergy community in Austin to raise critical funds for and awareness about this growing public health issue. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Austin will be held November 7, 2015 at Camp Mabry from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Olympic gold medalist, Mitch Gaylord, has been named as the Austin FARE Walk for Food Allergy Honorary Ambassador. In 1984, Mitch was the first American gymnast to score a perfect 10 and led his team to a gold medal victory. Now Mitch’s greatest role is as a father of two children with severe food allergies. He and his wife, Valentina, have become strong advocates for allergy awareness.

Mitch stated “As the Honorary Ambassador for the Austin FARE Walk for Food Allergy, it is my privilege to support this celebration of the strength of families who live with the challenges of food allergies. My wife, Valentina, and I have two children with food allergies and we want to do all that we can to raise awareness as well as raise funds to support food allergy research, education, and advocacy efforts. We look forward to joining the Austin community for this wonderful event!”

This year, tens of thousands of people will gather at walks in nearly 60 communities nationwide to support their loved ones, friends, co-worke www.foodallergy.org rs and neighbors living with life-threatening food allergies. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy offers fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.

“Fifteen million people in the United States are living with food allergy, a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease,” said Donna McKelvey, senior vice president and chief development officer at FARE. “It is for each of these individuals and their families that we work to find life-changing treatments, educate, advocate – and of course, walk. Every step we take and every dollar raised brings us closer to the day when we say FAREwell to food allergies.”

The 2013 and 2014 FARE Walk for Food Allergy programs raised over $3 million each. Participants can sign up to walk individually or as part of a team.

For more information, or to register or volunteer, visit www.foodallergywalk.org/austin2015

Sponsorship opportunities remain available, enabling businesses to show their support for families who are managing food allergies.

About FARE
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.

For more information, please visit www.foodallergy.org and find them on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

CONTACT: Sun Connor, Public Relations Chair 512-906-5036
Beth Martinez, Walk Chair 512-653-3332 bethmartinez@msn.com