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15 March 2010

FAAN's Food Allergy Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners! Here is the press release from our friends at FAAN:

FAAN Announces Food Allergy Award Winners

FAIRFAX, Va. (March 11, 2010) – The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is thrilled to honor more than a dozen individuals and institutions that have shown an admirable commitment to food allergy safety, awareness, and education, through its 14th Annual Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference (MCF), Second Annual Grandparent Awards, and Seventh Annual Special Achievement Awards.

This year’s group of award winners includes a child nutrition services director who revamped the school district’s hot lunch menu in order to include children with food allergies, a school nurse whose quick thinking saved the life of a child experiencing an allergic reaction, and an allergy-friendly preschool.

FAAN’s MCF and Grandparent awards are given annually and selected from nominees singled out for their actions, going above and beyond in their efforts to protect and support individuals with food allergies.

FAAN also selected two children who increased food allergy awareness in their communities while raising funds for ongoing research studies as recipients of the Youth Special Achievement Awards. Michael Pistiner, M.D., and the Campbell Soup Company were honored with Special Achievement Awards for their work in helping pass landmark restaurant legislation Massachusetts and for implementing a special scanning technology to improve allergen labeling, respectively.  

“We commend these honorees for their hard work and special efforts, all of which raise food allergy awareness in some way,” said Julia Bradsher, CEO of FAAN. “These individuals are role models – we would encourage more people to come forward and help us educate others about food allergy, a potentially fatal medical condition that is widely misunderstood.”

The annual Mariel C. Furlong Awards for Making a Difference were created in 1996 to honor individuals and corporations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of individuals with food allergies. The awards are named after Mariel Christine Furlong, daughter of Anne Muñoz-Furlong, the founder of FAAN.

This year’s award winners were recognized for their efforts in the following categories: Community Service, Food Industry, Health Professional, and School. FAAN also selected a grandmother who has made broad impact by educating community members about food allergies as the recipient of its Grandparent Award.

The awards will be presented to the winners at FAAN’s upcoming Food Allergy Conferences in Maryland (March 27), Nevada (April 24), New York (May 8), and Illinois (May 22).


Community Service/Support Group: Kathy Franklin and Caren Sanger, Parents of Asthmatic and Allergic Children (PAAC), New York, N.Y.
Angie Norton, Phoenix Allergy Network (PAN), Chandler, Ariz.
Andria Youngberg, NC FACES (Food Allergic Children Excelling Safely), Raleigh/Cary, N.C.  

Camp: Ed Collins, The Center for Courageous Kids, Scottsville, Ky.

Food Industry: Bruce Gibbens, Bonsall, Calif.

Health Professional: Lawrence Larson, D.O., Tacoma, Wash.
                Maribeth Feuling, R.D., Wauwatosa, Wisc.

School: St. Stephen ECD & Preschool, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.

School Principal: Rick Hanebutt, Hope Lutheran School, Shawnee, Kan.

School Nurse: Cathy Miller, R.N., Henrico, Va.

School Dining Services: Brenda Klamert, R.D., Oconomowoc, Wisc.

School Staff: Elaine Goodwin, R.N., Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Timothy Rourke, Woodbridge, Conn. 

Grandparent Award: Elinor Black, Marshfield, Mass.

Youth Special Achievement Award: Hunter Hampton, Osprey, Fla.,
Emily Zauzmer, Dresher, Pa.

Special Achievement Award: Michael Pistiner, M.D., Leominster, Mass.,
Campbell Soup Company, Camden, N.J. 
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