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Show Us Your #FacesOfFoodAllergies to Raise Food Allergy Awareness

 

One in 13 children has a food allergy. As part of Food Allergy Awareness Week, May 14-20, we are hosting a photo contest. Post a photo of your child with food allergies and you could win a Kids With Food Allergies prize package.

We want to work together to improve knowledge and understanding of food allergies. We hope raising awareness will help reduce bullying of children with food allergies. Bullying is common among children with food allergies, and is associated with lower quality of life and distress in children and their parents. About 35 percent of children older than 5 with food allergies1 say they have been bullied because of their allergies.

Oftentimes, kids are bullied when they are perceived as different from their peers. Living with food allergies differentiates children from the ‘norm’ and immediately puts kids at risk for being bullied. Please help us raise awareness and understanding of food allergies - that kids with food allergies are no different from other kids.

Share your photo capturing your child living life without letting their food allergies hold them back. (For safety reasons, we recommend that you do not  post your child's full name with their photo.)

How Can I Participate?

  1. Snap a photo of your child with food allergies.

  2. Upload your photo between May 14-20 to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or our community photo page.

    Post the photo to Kids With Food Allergies (@kidswithfoodallergies). Make sure your photo privacy is set to public*.


    Tweet your photo, tag @kfatweets.



    Post your photo, tag @KidsWithFoodAllergies. Make sure your account privacy is set to public*.


    Upload your photo to one of our community photo albums. You will need to join or login to our community to add your photo to our #FacesOfFoodAllergies photo album. You will need to verify your email address after you join and before you can post. Click the “Post” button and select “File.” On mobile, click the menu (three bars) icon on the top left.


  3. Include a description of your photo. Tell us about your child and how you manage their food allergies.

  4. Include the hastags #FacesOfFoodAllergies #contest for your photo to be counted.

  5. Visit our photo stream on FacesOfFoodAllergies.org to see your photo along with others who manage asthma and allergies everyday. Winners will be announced on the photo stream and on our blog.

*Important: Make sure your social media account or photo posts are public during the contest. If they aren’t, we might not see your photo. If you don’t want to do that, you can always post your photo on our community photo pages.

We will select 5 winners during Food Allergy Awareness Week from all eligible photo entries. Winners will receive a Kids With Food Allergies prize package (approximate retail value - $140.50). Members outside of the United States may share their photos, but are not eligible to win. Up to 5 entries are permitted, however there is limit of one prize per person. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, US residents, 18+. Promotion begins 5/14/17 ends 5/20/17. Click here for official rules.Download PDF KFA thanks kaléo for sponsoring the 2017 #FacesOfFoodAllergies Photo Contest. 

 

References

[1] Bullying among pediatric patients with food allergy. Lieberman, Jay A. et al. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology , Volume 105 , Issue 4 , 282 – 286 (Retrieved April 25, 2017)

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Congratulations to our final winner Melissa G! We were moved by her story and how she uses dance as an outlet when being bullied at school. Kudos to Melissa for her perseverance and for finding a supportive partner.

In honor of Food Allergies Awareness week, I wanted to post this to show how I overcome food allergies everyday. Dance was an outlet for me, no matter how many people made fun of me at school or parties for not being able to eat the food. I always feared that I would never find a man that would be willing to essentially give up peanuts and tree nuts for me, but lucky for me I found him! Food Allergies may cause a kink in some plans, but they never stop me


Congratulations to the fourth winner in our #FacesOfFoodAllergies #contest - Hannah and her mom Jennifer L. See Hannah and all the entries at facesoffoodallergies.org

"One year ago, Hanna had an anaphylactic reaction while at gymnastics due to contact with apparent peanut residue. She had to overcome her fear in order to compete this year. She just finished a successful competition season. This is Hanna at the state championship." - Jennifer L

We applaud Hannah and her courage to not allow food allergies to hold her back being a champion! Congrats on those medals!

Congratulations to our third winner Krissy and her son Christian!

Christian asked his teacher to wear a teal ribbon this week for Food Allergy Awareness. She has worn it everyday and it makes him feel so special. Christian wanted to make her feel special too, so he got her a gift and wrote her a card. He even wanted the gift wrapped with teal ribbon.

"Mrs. Newman, Thank you for supporting me. Having a food allergy is scary, but you make it better" - Christian


Congratulations to our second winner - Heidi and her boys Drew and Aleks!

"My oldest was bullied at times for his long hair and food allergies but stood up for himself and my youngest does too. Having solid supportive and protective friends helps." - Heidi



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Congratulations to our first winner - April S. and her daughter Olivia!

"Olivia is 5yrs old and knows all of her allergies and has learned to always ask before accepting food. She is an inspiration to us and her strength and maturity make me so proud to be her mommy. She is allergic to peanuts, treenuts, legumes, dairy, watermelon, and coconut along with environmental allergies.. She is our heart, our inspiration, and our entire world." - April S.



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I'll be glad to wave a magic wand behind the scenes and try my hand at adding it, Lisa. What would you like me to add?

Or you can add your son's "allergy set" to your signature, and it will be automatically added to everything you post. If you need help with creating your signature, check out the thread "FAQ: How do I add or edit my signature?"

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A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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