POCA of DuPage

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POCA (Parents of Children with Allergies) of DuPage was founded to provide information, resources and support to those having food allergies.

POCA of DuPage was founded November 2002 by two mothers who were struggling with the day-to-day challenges of raising children with severe food allergies in conjunction with their Allergist.  They thought it would be helpful to have a group of people meet and share their experiences, wisdom and suggestions with one another. The group continually grows as others learn that support is available and welcomes the opportunity to provide support for those dealing with food allergies.
Though some members are adults with life-threatening allergies, most of our members are parents of various aged children diagnosed with severe food allergies. We also have members with professional interest in receiving or sharing information on dealing with anaphylactic food allergies and/or others who wish to advocate on behalf of people with these allergies.

The most important thing you will receive from this group is the assurance that you are not alone! 

There are many of us out here and we are willing to share our hard-earned lessons, suggestions, tips and helpful hints for managing day-to-day activities complicated by food allergies.

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Illinois has also passed an Emergency Epinephrine Act which allows any school to voluntarily keep an emergency supply of epinephrine auto-injectors on hand. These school supplied auto-injectors may be used by school staff for any child who has a written plan in place and by school nurses when they assess that a student is having a life-threatening allergic reaction.


“ONE IN 13 U.S. CHILDREN SUFFER FROM FOOD ALLERGIES.”  That is the amazing statistic and published conclusion reached by Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Gupta has studied the prevalence of food allergy in our country and its impact on quality of life, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of families, physicians, and the general public regarding food allergy


Second Annual Worldwide "Love Remembers Day" to Celebrate Lives Lost due to Food-Induced Anaphylaxis

Flowers for Anaphylaxis , a volunteer, grassroots organization that offers condolences to families that have lost loved ones due to food-induced anaphylaxis, is organizing the second annual worldwide Love Remembers Day the weekend of March 28-29, 2015. Aleasa Word, CLC, CEC, founder of the program and an advocate/educator in the food-allergy community, notes that “when loved ones are lost as a result of food allergies, it’s not fair that they become newsworthy one day and forgotten the next.” Aleasa encourages support groups, agencies, and allergy friendly Companies to plan special events in remembrance of persons who lost their lives due to food allergies. She hopes to accomplish ongoing awareness that lasts all year.
Join FAACT in an online Twitter chat on March 26 at 1pm ET for more on how you can be part of this effort. You can also contact Aleasa Word online via the Flowers for Anaphylaxis Web site.
Let Us All Remember and Honor Those Lives Every Day!


Friday, May 8, 2015: 
FARE Chicago Spring Luncheon, Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago

FARE Awareness Programs
Every May Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10-16, 2015)
In 1998, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, created Food Allergy Awareness Week to educate the public about food allergies. This year's awareness week falls on May 10-16, 2015, but we will have activities and ways to get involved throughout the entire month of May for Food Allergy Action Month

Food Allergy Annual Conference
This year FARE will be hosting the conference in California.
May 16-17, 2015

FARE Yearly Food Allergy Walk in Illinois
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Chicago, Lincoln Park


FAACT’s Teen Conference

Save the Date - FAACT's 2015 Teen Conference Announced!
OCTOBER 9 - OCTOBER 11, 2015!

FAACT’s Second Annual Teen Conference will be held Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11, 2015 at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada


FARE TEEN Summit 2015
November 13-15, 2015

Steps for allergic reaction to a mislabeled food items