Greenwich-based Team OMG raises $77,906 for FARE

Nearly 450 individuals from all over Connecticut came together Saturday, Sept. 24 for the annual FARE Walk for Food Allergy. The Walk supports the efforts of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergy. The Fairfield County Walk raised $161,954 to support food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.

Greenwich-based Team OMG (Owen, Mia, Grayson) was the Walk’s number one fundraiser, bringing in $77,906 for FARE. The team is chaired by two Greenwich residents Hillary Carter and Julie Karish. Carter’s sons, Owen and Grayson, and Julie’s daughter, Mia, all have multiple severe food allergies.

“We created Team OMG four years ago and have participated in the FARE Walk for Food Allergy every year to raise funds for research and raise awareness about what our children manage daily,” said Karish. “We could not be more thrilled that our friends and family have supported our children in such a generous and loving way,” added Carter.

The Fairfield County FARE Walk for Food Allergy was held in Westport on Saturday, September 24th at Sherwood Island State Park Pavilion. The family fun day included activities for all ages including a face painter, relay races, carnival games, a strolling magician and live music from Hartford-based reggae band Ras Spectiv. This year’s FARE Walk for Food Allergy will also incorporated an arts and crafts table where children made Teal Jack-O-Lantern door signs to celebrate FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project®, a national initiative that promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies by encouraging households to display a teal pumpkin and provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.

Actor Mark Moses, of Desperate Housewives, Mad Men and Homeland fame, served as emcee of the Walk. Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, served as the Honorary Medical Chair of the Walk.

The FARE Walk for Food Allergy unites tens of thousands of walkers nationwide in support of FARE’s mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Nearly 6 million of the 15 million Americans living with food allergies are children. Every 3 minutes in the U.S., a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department.

About FARE

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, visit www.foodallergy.org and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

Greenwich-based Team OMG (Owen, Mia, Grayson)

Greenwich-based Team OMG (Owen, Mia, Grayson)

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