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Sarah Doran
1/2 Ironman -- Austin, TX 10/27/13

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Join me in my efforts to support FARE! And help people like Christian not have to think twice about what they eat!

Hello! This is my son Christian who has multiple life-threatening food allergies (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and most recently sunflower seeds). He outgrew his soy allergy when he was six years old and more recently, outgrew his dairy allergy. When we started seeing flickers of hope that he may be outgrowing his dairy allergy in the fall of 2012, I swore to myself that I would do an Ironman triathlon if he did indeed outgrow it. Thinking that may be a little on the crazy side, I decided doing a 1/2 Ironman was in order (still crazy but 1/2 as much!). I'll save the Ironman. After all, I need to save something to do WHEN he outgrows ALL of his allergies, right?

The organization I am raising money for is FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Without FARE, and the many studies that they fund, we would not have had the guidelines to follow to figure out whether or not Christian outgrew his dairy allergy. Thanks to them and the many doctors, researchers, private donors, and lucky Food Allergic kids before him, we knew the path to follow. Small doses of baked milk first (thank you, shortbread cookies from Whole Foods!); then sneaking real cheese onto his pizza; then giving him pancake batter made with real milk right out of the bowl; to the day in March when he sat his allergist's office and ate a bowl of ice cream! It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about the reaction he got when I brought him back to school and he walked into his second grade room. All of the kids were silent as they turned around to look at him. One little boy asked, "Are you still allergic?" and when Christian said "NO!" they all jumped up and started screaming and clapping and giving him high fives! There were hugs from all. I walked to my car and bawled my eyes out (not the first time and certainly not the last!) FINALLY, that dairy allergy was gone!

But we are not out of the woods yet...we still have a battle. On September 3rd, Christian had an anaphylactic reaction to his newest allergy - sunflower seeds. Watching his face swell up was the most surreal thing I ever experienced. We ended up in the ER for four hours and were sent home. He handled WAY better than I did and continues to be the bravest person I know. It gave me the push that I needed for my last weeks of training. I hate these allergies and I'm willing to run my knees and hips into the ground to help do something about them.

That's where doing this triathlon comes into play. I have friends who have done walks or bike rides or marathons all in the name of raising money for a cause that is near and dear to them, or a family member, or a friend, or all of the above. Unfortunately, for Christian and our family, food allergies are near and dear to us. Food allergies totally suck and I'm sick of them, but they are a HUGE part of my life and others -- they affect almost 15 million Americans. I am doing this race to raise money to go towards finding a cure; to help ensure that Christian, and everyone like him, can eat ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, and most importantly, ANYTHING.

So on Sunday, October 27, in Austin, TX, I will be swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and then running 13.1 miles -- 70.3 miles in all. Please help support my cause by donating to FARE. If you know of other families dealing with food allergies, PLEASE forward this along. I realize that $7,030 ($100 per mile!) is a huge goal but one I hope to attain. If I come in one of the top three spots of my age group, I will match every dollar that I raise...Okay, that will NEVER happen but thought it sounded exciting!

Sarah Doran

Please join me in my efforts to find a cure for food allergies and create a world secure for those living with food allergies. That is why I am personally making an effort to raise money for FARE. Every dollar I raise will make a difference in the lives of the 15 million Americans currently living with food allergies. Whether you have a family member who has food allergies or know someone who does, it truly affects us all.

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