FAAN Charlotte was one of the two FAAN Walks in my state. It was nice to be able to attend such an event so close to home. I was also able to bring my friend Ashley with me. It was fun to get her perspective on the event, as she does not have allergies. Although she has known me for years, and has watch me struggle with allergies, I think this day brought it a little closer to home. She saw first hand how many people this affects. We met all kinds of wonderful people, who took the time to tell us their story, their child’s story or their grandchild’s story. I could relate to all of them, whether it was their worries, their struggles or their fears.

The event itself took place on Halloween weekend. Typically, Halloween is a frightening holiday and not for the reasons that you think. It has nothing to do with ghosts or goblins, but it has everything to do with peanuts and nuts. This was all well thought out. There were activities for the kids, all allergen free of course! Some kids were dressed up in costumes, even Snoopy showed up! The Charlotte group hit their target goal and the media was there to capture it all. We we’re honored and humbled to be part of such an event. Pictures have been uploaded on our facebook page.

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 24 countries and 26 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.