The ALEIA project food allergy walk

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Saturday 27th of May 2023 was race day for runners taking part in the Northland 5k for food allergy race.

The event was organized by the Aleia project, starting at the Leif Erikson Park it was a chip-timed run/walk event with an out-and-back course that followed the lake walk toward canal park with a turn-around point just before the lighthouse.

ALEIA Project was inspired by the experiences of three moms, who live in thr Duluth surrounding community, that currently live a food allergy lifestyle.

The purpose of the 5k run/walk is to bring people together, create awareness, make connections and gather input for what community needs to better serve those that manage food allergy.

We spoke to Emily Homan, President and Co-Founder of ALEIA Project on the importance of the event.

” In my family, it is a big deal. Both of my kids have anaphylactic food allergies. So, it’s something we’ve navigated for the last 16 years, and we navigate every day. So, I think it’s important. I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding and it’s important to get more information and learn more about it so people can understand what we deal with or what we live with day to day.”

Emily also said the organization has developed an Allergy Awareness Teacher Resource ToolKit that will be piloted in the Hermantown School District this fall and they hope to move into other school districts to help spread awareness.