As a parent of children with food allergies, I frequently feel like I’m not doing enough to change the course of my children’s disease. We are great allergen avoiders but I want to be proactive. I want to play a role in effecting a change.
Isn’t there something I can treat them with to increase their chances of losing their allergic sensitization? Isn’t there some sort of intervention that may help? Isn’t there anything I can do to help bring about a cure or a treatment for food allergies?
Fortunately, for all of us…there is. One of the most effective and efficient ways to support a cure for food allergies is to support research at Lurie Children’s in Chicago.
Research, both clinical and basic science, is where the answer is. There is no way to unlock the mystery of food allergies without research and there is no research without financial funding.
For those of you not familiar with Lurie Children’s, they are the Midwest leader in specialty care devoted exclusively to children. Staffed with 1,100 pediatric specialists focusing on 70 specialties, they care for more than 149,000 children every year. With an array of progressive support programs and features, backed by the latest medical technology, Lurie Children’s is making critical strides to the advance the care provided to children who suffer from food allergies.
Will you consider joining my husband and I in supporting Lurie Children’s allergy research with a special gift before December 31st?
The Division of Allergy and Immunology, where I completed my fellowship training as an allergist, cares for more children with allergies and asthma than any other healthcare provider in the Midwest. Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic and her team at the Lurie Children’s Bunning Allergy Institute, actively seek to improve the lives of children and families affected by food allergy through a commitment to clinical excellence and research.
Never before has there been a better opportunity to impact the lives of so many children through medical research.
Last year, Food Allergy Initiative and its partners introduced the “Roadmap to a Cure,” a strategic plan that will lead to the development of a safe, effective FDA-approved treatment potentially offering protection to the majority of food allergy sufferers. Oral immunotherapy, or OIT, has shown tremendous results and is now ready for FDA Phase 3 trials. Lurie Children’s faculty members, Melanie Makhija, MD, and Rachel G. Robison, MD, are currently gathering data in order to take a lead role in these life-changing OIT research studies.
Hosting medical trials unfortunately takes money. The harsh reality of the current research funding environment is that federal support for research has slowed alarmingly at a time when the opportunities for progress are the greatest. As more cases of life threatening allergy are identified each year, more children are counting on us to help fund life-changing and potentially life-saving research than ever before.
At this important time of year, I want to invite you to join me in helping the Division of Allergy and Immunology of Lurie Children’s acquire the tools they seek to better care for our children. To do this, we have set a goal to raise $20,000 by December 31. Funds raised will ensure that important clinical trials are launched in 2013 and researchers can continue to explore new treatments for our children.
By giving a monetary donation to support food allergy research, you will be a part of the answer. Regardless of the size of your gift, 100% of your donation will go toward research that will directly benefit you or a loved one with food allergy.
You can make your gift to today by visiting Lurie Children’s website at heroesforlife.org/allergymom.
As a special thank you, all donors of $100 or more will receive a special apron from The Allergist Mom and Lurie Children’s to wear while making your allergen-free treats this holiday season! You might also consider making a gift in honor of a loved one with food allergy. If you do, Lurie Children’s will send a special thank you packet to your special someone. Other fun gifts are also available- see our full list of benefits at heroesforlife.org/allergymom.
I have presented this fundraising opportunity to you because I truly believe that research is the only road to a treatment or a cure for food allergies. And if you are anything like me, that is all you really want!
Thank you, friends, for considering our request.
A very special thank you to our Corporate Sponsors, Nutphree’s Cupcakes and Enjoy Life Foods!
P.S. A few months ago, I was interviewed for the Eric and Kathy’s 36 hour Radiothon to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In the interview I spoke about the serious nature of food allergies, how they have significantly impacted my family, and the singular importance of research in this field. If you didn’t hear this segment during the Radiothon and would like to, please click on this link! 01 Eric and Kathy Radiothon