Thousands walk for food-allergy cure

FAAN walk kicks off downtown

HOUSTON - Thousands of people hit the pavement in the fight to find a cure for food allergies.

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, or FAAN, held it's annual walk in downtown Houston on Saturday.

More than 2,500 people showed up to support FAAN and hopefully help to somehow find a cure for food allergies.

Many families carry EpiPens in case there is an emergency.

Those families are not alone. Experts said one in 13 children under the age of 18 have a food allergy.

The walk started seven years ago. There's been a lot of changes since then, including major changes in the classroom.

"Every single school in Texas now has to have a guideline for keeping kids safe at school. It's mandatory," said Mike Lade with FAAN.

It doesn't take much for someone suffering from a food allergy to have a reaction.

"The head of a pin is just that much of an allergen that can affect someone. In two minutes they could go from happy and having fun to being in a life-threatening situation," said Lade.

KPRC has been a proud sponsor of the FAAN walk with Dominique Sache as the emcee.

FAAN has raised more than $1.2 million since the walk began.

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