Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nominate a Food Allergy Research Members Project

Lets get some more money for Food Allergy Research! Go to the AmEx Members' Project Find a Cure for Food Allergies before midnight on August 31 (only 5 days left) to nominate this project for up to $1.5 million in funding.

You don't have to be a member to be part of the nomination process, you can sign up as a guest member with just an email address. So, all you allergy folks please get clicking to get your friends and family to get AmEx to donate some of their money. For the final voting only AmEx members will be able to vote.
Here are all the details about the project:


For people with food allergies, a minuscule amount of the wrong food can be fatal within minutes. Imagine if this were you...or your child. There is no cure for food allergies, but scientists believe a cure is within reach. My project is to support a multi-faceted approach to finding a cure: increasing the number of institutions with food allergy clinical programs, encouraging more researchers to study the problem, and allocating more funds to promising research projects.

More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, including over 3 million children. Food allergies are found among all races and ethnic groups, and can be developed at any age. For unknown reasons, there has been an alarming increase in the number of children developing allergies to common foods such as milk, eggs, and peanuts. In the U.S., food allergies kill hundreds of people each year and are responsible for 30,000 emergency room visits. Millions more are affected worldwide.

Researchers believe that with $50 million per year for five to ten years, a cure for food allergies can be found. Innovative research is being attempted: isolating DNA from major food allergens and developing a Chinese herbal formula to protect against anaphylaxis are just two avenues that are being explored. Building on progress made in treating asthma and non-food allergies, scientists believe a vaccine for food allergies can be found within a decade if research is sufficiently funded.

This project for my son, who has food allergies...for a 12 year old girl who died after eating a cookie...for a 12 year old boy who died after eating birthday cake...and for a 4 year old boy who died after eating peanuts. It's hard to express the fear that is always present for parents of food-allergic children. Risk surrounds everyday activities, from playdates to school cafeterias to parties to restaurants. My inspiration is knowing that, with enough funds, millions of people can be cured.

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