As a person living with severe peanut/nut allergy from the age of 2, I have read my fair share of medical research and studies about this condition. I am lucky enough to be living in a country with a high level of awareness when it comes to this ailment. I am grateful for everything that my family, doctors and independent websites or organizations have done so far – their work has significantly improved the quality of my life.

Founding a charitable organization that has a contribution to this has been my life-long dream.  I consider it is both my duty and calling to draw attention on this matter and play my part in helping people who suffer from peanut or nut allergy, irrespective of where they live. The year in which my dream has come true is 2014, when ARFNA was founded.

A Word From the Founder

The main objectives of ARFNA

Support the research for a cure. Since there is currently no cure for peanut/nut allergies (only symptomatic treatment), this may sound like a very ambitious goal. However, significant progress has been made in this area and numerous research facilities take over the study of allergies. ARFNA will support such research centers, whether they are aiming to find a cure or simply to understand what causes allergies to happen. I consider that every small step and new discovery can help millions of people all over the world. I am prepared to fight for this cause. There are a couple of very exciting new researches which hold a lot of promise:

  1. Hypoallergenic Peanuts/Nuts – Peanuts and nuts themselves can be treated to reduce the allergens to an undetectable level. Therefore when consumed, the body will no longer respond with a anaphylactic attack.
  2. Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) – Desensitizing patients by giving them very small amounts of peanut flour and raising it slowly to increase tolerance.

We are very excited about both areas of research, although if the peanuts/nuts themselves can be turned into hypoallergenic, it will have a much wider appeal.

Raise awareness on peanut/nut allergies. Most people know what it is, but very few actually take the time to learn how to protect the people around them who are allergic. We believe a lot still needs to be done to raise awareness of this issue. ARFNA will constantly support organizations that offer information and support such initiatives.

The main goal of this organization is to raise capital that will be further distributed to research centers and organizations that are actively working in improving the life of allergy-suffering people.

If you are suffering from peanut/nut allergies or know someone who is, take a moment to consider how this ailment can affect the quality of life. Then think about what you can do for it. If you wish to get involved in this project, feel free to drop me a line, or donate. Every cent counts and I’ll make sure to put it to good use and post regularly about how ARFNA made a difference. Be a part of this difference today!

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