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Causes: Health

Mission: The FPIES Foundation is dedicated to overcoming the challenges of FPIES by offering tools for education, support, and advocacy to empower families and the medical community.

Results: In our first year, we applied for and received our official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS, allowing us to further expand our programs and services for the FPIES community at large. We have created an interactive website. It is packed with FPIES resources for medical professionals and families alike, once more supporting our mission of FPIES education and awareness. Our database of FPIES-friendly medical professionals is a keystone to our web offerings. We have partnered with our esteemed Medical Advisory Board to create an in-depth Q&A. This document provides medically responsible answers to questions asked by the FPIES community.

Target demographics: Families and their children affected by FPIES, medical professionals that serve those diagnosed with FPIES

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: A Toolbox for families including Food journals, ER Care, symptom checker, doctor visits, label reading tutorial,… Cooking and Nutrition website pages for tips, tools, and resources Provider Directory to find family-recommended knowledgeable FPIES practitioners Medical Journal Article links and glossary Printable education materials FPIES Q&A: Questions from the FPIES community, Answers from the Medical Advisory Board Food Allergy Fair participation Inspiring Family story share program Resource lists Partnering organizations Foundation Social Media for awareness and support: Facebook page/Twitter/Pinterest Foundation Blog/ The Foundation YouTube channel How to Help an FPIES family today article Hugs for Hero’s and other volunteer programs Ongoing Fundraising and Awareness programs Easily accessible website and support forum Multidisciplinary Medical Advisory Board, leaders in FPIES treatment and management 1023 submission and 501c3 non-profit designation

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Melissa R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation SAVED us! This was literally the only place we got answers, advice, encouragement, and HOPE! Thank you FPIES Foundation for helping our family thrive!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with FPIES 3.5 years ago. While it was a life altering diagnosis from an allergist who knew little to nothing about FPIES, this organization helped me understand what the diagnosis was, how to handle daily life, and ultimately how to overcome my fear of it. I can safely say we are FPIES free but I couldn’t have survived without their help.

1 Liza C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation gave me hope at such a difficult time in our lives. I searched everywhere for information and support but had no luck until I found the FPIES Foundation. This is the one place you can go to get accurate information and advice. My son’s allergist provided me with a letter printed from the FPIES Foundation website that I had to bring with us to the hospital if my son reacted and required care. The letter explains FPIES and how to treat it so that medical staff could respond properly. From the Foundation I was able to get advice about our son, as well as read about families who were going through a similar situation as we were. I was also able to find an online support group, which helped me tremendously.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both my children have FLIES, they offer great tips and updates on new products that are allergy safe and help to promote awareness on this rare allergy!

1 Penny10

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation helped me to find the specialists my son needed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If it were not for the FPIES Foundation and the information that I was able to find, I do not know if my son would still be here today. Doctors kept telling me that nothing was wrong with my son. I knew something was very wrong. I was able to find a doctor through the FPIES database who was knowledgeable about FPIES and diagnosed my son at a year old. As a result he was finally able to get the help that he needed.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful foundation that brings hope to those who are living the fpies life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It all started when I googled "rice and oat baby projectile vomiting." I had no idea what I would find when I typed in those words. No idea what I was dealing with. Ya know who else did not know-the pediatrician.
The top result returned was The FPIES Foundation page. I devoured their website in just a few hours. I returned to my pediatrician's office armed with print offs and requests for referrals. The FPIES foundation gave me the knowledge I needed to k ow what craziness my baby was dealing with and opened the doors to an incredible community.

1 Kristen79

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have the best information and helpful with where and how to go about slog question

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation is amazing and have brought so much more light to an issue I knew very little about

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter had Fpies and the foundation lititure was a real help and comfort to us

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit has changed my son and our families life forever. I cannot thank them enough for all of the research and awareness they do for families like ours. #FPIES

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The community they have created has been an amazing and supportive resource.

Rebekah W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The FPIES foundation has been a blessing to me. I have enjoyed learning from this foundation about healthier options for my baby's unhappy tummy.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great niece has FPIES.... Organization has helped the family learn to cope and survive in everyday life. Great support system

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FPIES foundation has continued to rise to the challenge of spreading awareness and helping provide resources to families dealing with FPIES. We have relied on the material they produce and provide free to everyone to help educate family, doctors and schools on how to handle our daughter's condition. Without their support, so many families would be lost!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a parent of a child with FPIES, the FPIES Foundation has been an invaluable resource for our family and others struggling with this confusing and difficult diagnosis. With such a rare condition, many families are left to find information on their own as they try to understand how to manage this form of allergy. The FPIES Foundation has brought together a wonderful combination of support from others going through the same struggles, as well as expertise from the medical field to provide insight as the knowledge and information grows on how to diagnose and treat children with FPIES. They have put together so many resources to help families in one central place. This foundation has also been so instrumental in furthering research on FPIES and spreading awareness to the medical field and the general public. The sooner a child can be diagnosed, the sooner their families can start on the path to healing and finding safe food choices. We are so thankful for the FPIES Foundation and all of their hard work to provide all of the support that they do!

1 Jessie R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic Organization. Helping families with FPIES and beyond!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first discovered The FPIES Foundation through a google search of my sons symptoms. He was 2 years old, failing to thrive, and was constantly in the hospital and doctors offices. He was very sick, and no one could figure out why. Once I found the Foundations website, and learned about FPIES, I was able to help the doctors find the resources that they needed to learn about FPIES, and help my son. Our journey with FPIES has been long, but I am so grateful for the Foundation every step of the way. In April, my son got very ill from a reaction to his only safe food, a formula, and was hospitalized most of the month. Our doctors were able to connect to The FPIES Foundations Medical Advisory Board, and talk to the front runners in FPIES knowledge and research, so that they would best know how to help my son. I will forever grateful to The FPIES Foundation. All of their hard work in research, education, support, and outreach literally saved my sons life. The support system they have created in this world of rare disease is unprecedented, and makes me feel like I am not fighting a losing battle anymore. The board of directors are amazing, and never stop advocating for FPIES, and helping parents learn how to effectively advocate for their children so that they can receive the help and proper care that they need. Through their tireless efforts, I feel confident that FPIES will be better understood, and better known in the medical community and beyond, and that other children will be able to receive proper medical care down the road, and not have to go through what my son had to go through to receive his diagnosis.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation was life changing for my family. My husband and I were desperately searching for answers as to what was causing acute to shock reactions in our less than 6 month old baby girl. The moment I read and FPIES on the FPIES Foundation site was the moment we started heading in the right direction to truly change my child's life. I don't know where we would be without them. Certainly far from the healthy 22 month old we have today. We owe everything to the FPIES foundation.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation has given me the tools to educate my community. They have given me educational material for my local EMS fire station, emergency room, and coworkers. The more people in the community that are aware the better. At 7 months old my son was rushed to the ER for an fpies reaction and it took 7 months to get a diagnosis. Through the work of the FPIES Foundation I look forward to the day the diagnosis will come sooner for other children.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The FPIES Foundation is an invaluable resource for families trying to navigate the confusing and exhausting world of FPIES.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my four month old daughter was diagnosed with FPIES, I was overwhelmed and terrified. The FPIES Foundation provided information, how to guides, and stories of other families living with FPIES. I am grateful for all they do for FPIES awareness and the courage they give to families.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter had issues with milk from the very beginning but we constantly got told it was colic. After multiple hospital visits, ct scans, tests, misdiagnoses over a period of 7 years (yes I said 7 years), we finally found an allergist who knew what was wrong. At age 7 my daughter was diagnosed with Acute FPIES to dairy. Our allergist told us to visit the FPIES Foundation for information on how to go about living our life as normally as possible. It was a godsend. Here we are nearly 7 years later and still using their wonderful resources. Thank you for giving me hope.

1 Megan Mitchell B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 1yr old has FPIES to Rice, sweet potatoes and now egg. Prior to his first reaction, we had never heard of FPIES. This nonprofit proved so much information online and also mailed stuff to us so we could understand what was going on with little Ben.?