Friday, May 14, 2010

National Eosinophil Awareness Week - Bid on Demi Lovato's Dress

Right on the heels of Food Allergy Awareness Week is National Eosinophil Awareness Week, from May 16th through May 22nd. This is a cause that is very important to me, as my son suffers from eosinophilic esophagitis (EE), which is triggered by his multiple food allergies.

EE is just one of many eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) – any part of the gastrointestinal system can be affected. Allergic reactions to the proteins in foods cause elevated levels of eosinophils, which in turn cause inflammation in the affected part(s) of the GI tract. In many cases treatment is the same as the more common food allergies – to avoid the foods that cause the autoimmune response. In the worst cases the only solution is to be fed via a tube.

The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) is very lucky to have Demi Lovato, actress and singer, as a supporter and ambassador for eosinophilic disorders. Take a peek at this video from a 2009 dinner where Demi shared her thoughts on the topic. (Grab a Kleenex before you hit play.)

What’s planned for this year?

Demi Lovato donated her Burberry cocktail dress from the Camp Rock premiere, to be auctioned off on e-bay starting Sunday May 16th. All proceeds will go to support APFED.

Look for the dress on ebay on Sunday!

Also, check back early next week for details on a twitter party being planned by the APFED team.

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