New Rochelle walk aids food-allergy awareness

2 Oct

NEW ROCHELLE — For parents whose kids have food allergies, shopping can be a time-consuming proposition. For the kids themselves, the lunchroom can be a stressful place.

More and more of those families are coming together to share support and ideas, as well as to push for awareness about food allergies and raise funds to find a cure. About 1,000 people came to Glen Island Park in New Rochelle Saturday to share nut-free snacks, trade stories and promote awareness through a walkathon.

“We have to look out for our kids every day,” said Irvington resident John Carron, whose two sons have food allergies. “A lot of people don’t understand how dangerous food can be for them.”

A walkathon was sponsored by FAAN, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, and the event raised at least $167,000 on Saturday. “This is only the second year, and it’s huge,” said event organizer Julie Forrest.

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