Kenton Duty is currently in Washington, DC to celebrate 20 years of The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and Food Allergy Awareness Week.
FAAN is dedicated to providing education and support to those dealing with food allergies and most trusted source of information, programs, and resources related to food allergy and anaphylaxis.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network will be celebrating 20 years of service and honoring individuals who have strived to make a difference in the lives of food allergy families at a benefit dinner May 16 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel.
The celebration — fittingly, during Food Allergy Awareness Week, which was created by FAAN 15 years ago — will include a presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to FAAN founder Anne Munoz-Furlong, who created the organization after her daughter was diagnosed with food allergies and she found little support or resources.
FAAN will also honor country music star and FAAN Celebrity Ambassador Who Cares Trace Adkins and his wife Rhonda Adkins; the original sponsors of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN); Washington Capitals hockey player Tom Poti; Walmart Vice President of Food Safety Frank Yiannas; and award-winning celebrity chef Art Smith, who created a special menu for the occasion.
Among the other attendees are Laura Pendleton and Brian Hom, parents who both lost their children as a result of fatal food allergy reactions. Pendleton and Hom, along with Kenton Duty, star of Disney’s “Shake it Up” and a FAAN Celebrity Ambassador Who Cares, are also scheduled to participate in a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on May 16 to show their support for the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S. 1884/H.R. 3627). This pending legislation encourages states to ensure that epinephrine is readily accessible in schools for the treatment of potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions.
For more information about FAAN’s celebration at the Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, please visit www.foodallergyevents.org . The presenting sponsor of this special event is Mylan Specialty L.P., formerly known as Dey Pharma, L.P.