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By: Gladys Marietti, AFAA Editorial Contributor
"On #GivingTuesday – following Black Friday and Cyber Monday – people worldwide will get together online and in-person to kick off the holiday season with a day dedicated to giving back." 
Get Your 'Give' On!  What?!?  

So glad you asked!  Tuesday, December 3rd, is the 2nd Annual Giving Tuesday to Put the Focus Back on Giving this Holiday Season.

On #GivingTuesday – following Black Friday and Cyber Monday – people worldwide will get together online and in-person to kick off the holiday season with a day dedicated to giving back.  Individuals will start off the holiday season and give back to the causes they care about most.

It's your opportunity to give to Arizona Food Allergy!  We are seeking tax deductible contributions in any amount.

Why care?  When someone has a food allergy, their quality of life is compromised.  Maybe you know someone in this situation.  Or, what if you became allergic someday?  Wouldn't you want resources to help you?  My food allergies began in my adult years, and AFAA has been there with education, support, advocacy and research to help me and my family.  

The Arizona Food Allergy (AFAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by food allergy and anaphylaxis in the State of Arizona.  It is their goal to bring awareness, understanding, and safety within families and communities by providing educational resources, personal networking experiences, opportunities for community involvement, and funding for research.  We depend on public donations for these programs.

Here's how to Get Your 'GIVE' ON:    

DONATE directly AFAA through our secure PayPal account

AFAA Secure Pay Pal Account

REGISTER and/or DONATE to our Zoo Walks on our secure site - You don't have to walk to give!!

Phoenix Zoo Walk Registration and/or Donation |  www.zoowalkphoenix.org

Tucson Zoo Walk Donation Registration and/or Donation |  www.zoowalktucson.org

How is your gift used?  100% goes to fund programs in local Arizona communities and impacts the lives of those with food allergy and anaphylaxis - as we are a 100% volunteer run organization.  One member states, "AFAA has really helped me to know that I'm not the only one out there with so many severe food allergies. When I first was diagnosed, I went into a depression because there were so many foods I love that I had to take out of my diet.  AFAA members have been so supportive and helped with ideas to replace foods without avoiding social situations".    

- Actual cost ONE child food free AFAA Easter Egg Hunt or Halloween Trunk-or-Treat =  $20. Family pays $0 as these events are paid in full with funds raised through donations to our Zoo Walks.

- Actual cost ONE child - Summer Camp Ye bik'ehgo = $300. Family pays only $45. This amount is offset dramatically with funds raised through donations to our Zoo Walks.

- Actual cost ONE adult - AFAA Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Conference = $150.  Adult pays only $19-$39. These amounts are offset with funds raised through donations to our Zoo Walks.

Now you know! And, when you know better, you do better.  Please get your 'GIVE' on this Tuesday, December 3rd by donating to AFAA!  We invite you to learn more about us at www.arizonafoodallergy.org 
 
 
By: Sarah Plato, Community Outreach & Development Coordinator | North Scottsdale | AFAA
"Dr. Sharma: It is true that some asthma inhalers contain  lactose, and as a result, contain trace amounts of associated milk protein...." Allergic Living Magazine
Thank God for Facebook. Today I was looking through my "news feed" which previously I thought was a silly name for a category for friends' complaints and annoyances of the day, until today when I stumbled on this article by Dr. Sharma about dairy in dry inhalers used for asthma. Well, I stopped in my tracts and read this carefully as my son has an anaphylactic allergy to dairy and has mild asthma treated by inhalers. I found this amazing that some dry inhalers have lactose (milk sugar)! I'm reading on and the article doesn't name which ones list dairy as an ingredient so I read on to the comments left by readers and found a name my son uses- Pulmicort! Thankfully my son uses
the nebulizer formulation which apparently does not contain milk- phew! Still, what on Earth would make me think "oh yea don't forget to check for milk in that inhaler." Another reader also commented on finding peanut as a contaminant in one of her inhalers... Scary business! So now I have learned a new lesson..."call every drug company for every drug my allergic child is given- every time."
 
 
By: , | Arizona Food Allergy
PREFERENCE- The Secretary, in making any grant under this section or any other
grant that is asthma-related (as determined by the Secretary) to a State, shall
give preference to any State that satisfies each of the following requirements:... (Excerpt from Text of S. 1884)
President Obama has the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act sitting on his desk awaiting signature. Many in the food allergy & anaphylaxis community have seen a lot of buzz about this recently passed School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act. There are many that are under the impression that this Act is putting epi-pen's in their schools. It. Is. Not. Not directly anyways, although the hope is that it would or may encourage it. So what exactly is this Act all about?

In Arizona, AFAA spearheaded the bill that was already signed into law by Governor Brewer, known as SB 1421. SB 1421 at State level, if budget is provided in that school year - mandates Arizona schools to stock general use epinephrine. If a budget is not provided - allows Arizona schools to stock general use epinephrine. Additionally, SB 1421 provides for school staff to administer epinephrine in good faith and have "good sam" coverage. Arizona also ALREADY has on the books a law for self-carry of epinephrine and asthma medications that predated SB 1421.

So how does the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act come into play and what does the bill language say? Well, it is AN INCENTIVE ACT. What does that mean? Does it mean that every state will now supply and stock epinephrine? No. What this means is that if states are able to "check off" all of the requirements listed in the bill, then they will be given preference for ASTHMA EDUCATION GRANTS. It is not guaranteed that they will receive these asthma education grants, only that they will at least be "top of the list" for preference. So for Arizonan's there is no change in our law here, and SB 1421 stands to provide epinephrine in schools as described above.

Where is the silver lining for the food allergy & anaphylaxis community? That said, it sounds like it doesn't really do much for the food allergy & anaphylaxis community - as it is an incentive for the asthma community. The silver lining here is that many in our community have asthma so it is helpful to them, and if anything it is creating more awareness for  the food allergy & anaphylaxis community.