Virtual Gala 2020

Thank you for your support!

Many thanks to all of you who joined our Virtual Gala & Silent Auction last night. Celebrating the work and impact of our honorees, Jared Saiontz with the Ruth T. Cornell award and Dr. Shahzad Mustafa with the John J. Condemi award was a great honor for us and we're very happy to share it with you.  If you were unable to join us, enjoy the video above. You can also find it on our Facebook page and Youtube channel.

The silent auction and opportunity to donate will be open until October 30. Support local Monroe County businesses by having a look at their generous offerings.  We're at 64% of our goal. With your help, we can maintain the momentem to reach our goal to continue the work of helping our friends and family in New York State manage their life threatening allergies.

Register for the auction here.Check the video below for more information on how to register for the silent auction! 

Help Us Meet Our Goals! You Have Until October 30th.

Thanks to you we have great momentum for our October 30th cut off date. Support the generosity of local Monroe County businesses by bidding on their offerings.

How to Use the Gala Auction App!

Register First! Then Watch this Video to Learn to Use the App!

More Info on the Gala Home Page

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Allergies come in all shapes and sizes ...

Just like allergy sufferers. And they are on the rise. For many people allergies can range from sniffling and sneezing to skin rashes to gastrointestinal issues. A certain percentage, however, have more than these uncomfortable symptoms to deal with. Anaphylaxis, a serious life-threatening reaction, causes approximately 1,500 deaths a year in the United States alone. Clearly, allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Articles for Advocacy

Dave Bloom at regularly provides timely information to families with life-threatening food allergies.

Study: Anaphylaxis Spikes During Halloween and Easter

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By Dave Bloom
October 1st, 2020

A study published on September 21st, 2020 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal determined that anaphylaxis in children spikes during Halloween and Easter and that for tree nuts, most cases occurred in children that were previously undiagnosed.

Co-authors Dr. Melanie Leung and Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan provided the rationale for conducting the study:

Identifying certain times associated with an increased risk of anaphylaxis could help to raise community awareness, support and vigilance. This information would identify the best timing for public awareness campaigns to prevent allergic reactions.

Read the article here.


This year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made important decisions affecting all Americans. Improving all package labelling to better informing consumers about food allergens is a major priority for our association.

Advocacy Update: FDA Moves Forward on Sesame Labeling

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On Oct. 5, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent proposed guidance “Voluntary Disclosure of Sesame as an Allergen: Guidance for Industry” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. While this voluntary guidance falls short of the mandatory sesame allergen labeling that we have been advocating for, we feel it is a promising step in the right direction. This is a result of the FDA’s 2018 request for comments from the public on sesame allergy and their review of those comments from the food allergy community.

Read the article here.


After many months of activism and advocacy, important legislation is progressing through the US Congress helping central schools across America better protect and support students at risk for dangerous allergic reactions.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes H.R. 2468

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October 10th, 2020

Allergy & Asthma Network today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act, H.R. 2468 — but our work is not done!

The legislation, long a priority for Allergy & Asthma Network and a host of health and patient organizations, now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. The Network will continue its advocacy efforts, urging passage of the bill before the end of the year so it becomes law.

Read the article here.


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