Country Music Star Trace Adkins Named Honorary Chair of 2009 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy

FAIRFAX, Va.--()--Demonstrating his unwavering commitment to finding a cure for food allergies, country music star Trace Adkins will once again serve as the National Honorary Chair of the 2009 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure.

This year, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is sponsoring a record-number 33 walks in cities across the country as well as online, all in the name of raising funds for food allergy research and education.

Adkins, who has put his stamp on country music with a string of award-winning hits, has made an even stronger impression with FAAN members for his work in increasing food allergy awareness. For Adkins and his wife Rhonda, it’s personal – their young daughter Brianna has multiple food allergies.

“I know firsthand how important FAAN’s efforts to increase funding for food allergy research and education are,” said Adkins. “I’m honored to once again be serving as the National Honorary Chair for FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy. Please join me and thousands of others nationwide in raising awareness about food allergies and money to find a cure!”

Adkins recently won the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards “Single of the Year” honor for the smash hit, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and has been touring with Toby Keith. Because of Adkins’ appearance as a finalist on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” last year, food allergy awareness was brought into millions of homes. He also appeared in two food allergy awareness posters designed to educate students in schools nationwide.

“This is Adkins’ third year as the National Honorary Chair of FAAN’s Walk for Food Allergy. He remains a dynamic member of the FAAN family and inspires others to participate in this event,” said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN.

“Last year’s Walks raised a record-breaking $2.3 million for food allergy research and education,” Bradsher said. “Together, we can reach a new record that will result in the funding of crucial research studies and the creation of innovative programs to educate others about food allergies and anaphylaxis.”

For more information, or to register for the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy, go to www.foodallergywalk.org.

ABOUT FAAN

Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts approximately 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25, and is rapidly increasing in prevalence. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to providing advocacy and education, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit FAAN at www.foodallergy.org.

Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward A Cure 2009 Sites

Location

     

Date

Portland, OR Aug. 15
Denver, CO Aug. 16
Indianapolis, IN Aug. 22
Seattle, WA Aug. 22
Buffalo, NY Aug. 29
Houston, TX Sept. 12
San Francisco, CA Sept. 12
Long Branch, NJ Sept. 12
Grand Rapids, MI Sept. 19
Charlotte, NC Sept. 20
Pittsburgh, PA Sept. 20
Atlanta, GA Sept. 26
Chicago, IL Sept. 26
Fairfax, VA Sept. 26
Detroit, MI Oct. 3
Richmond, VA Oct. 3
Salt Lake City, UT Oct. 3
Boston, MA Oct. 4
Baltimore, MD Oct. 10
Las Vegas, NV Oct. 10
Long Island, NY Oct. 11
Hartford, CT Oct. 17
Ridgewood, NJ Oct.18
Sarasota, FL Oct. 24
Los Angeles, CA Oct. 25
Philadelphia, PA Oct. 31
Virginia Beach, VA Oct. 31
Myrtle Beach, SC Nov. 7
San Diego, CA Nov. 7
Raleigh, NC Nov. 7
Dallas, TX Nov. 14
Tampa, FL Nov. 14
Key Biscayne, FL Nov. 21
Online Walk Dec. 5

Contacts

FAAN
Jennifer Love
Marketing and Media Communications Manager
703-563-3061
jlove@foodallergy.org
or
Hot Schatz Public Relations
Schatzi Hageman (for Trace Adkins)
615-782-0078
info@hotschatzpr.com

Contacts

FAAN
Jennifer Love
Marketing and Media Communications Manager
703-563-3061
jlove@foodallergy.org
or
Hot Schatz Public Relations
Schatzi Hageman (for Trace Adkins)
615-782-0078
info@hotschatzpr.com