Did you know?

  • Nearly six million children (that’s 1 in every 13) have food allergies
  • According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
  • Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency department – that is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year.
  • Failure to promptly (i.e., within minutes) treat food anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially deadly reaction, is a risk factor for fatalities.
  • There are no therapies available to the public to prevent or treat food allergy: the only current treatment is to avoid the food allergen, and treat reactions if they occur.

At Johns Hopkins Children’s Center:

  • Dr. Wood is currently the Principal Investigator of 20 different food allergy research studies, all of which are directed in one way or another at addressing this major health problem
  • Our multi-center oral immunotherapy (gradually increasing the amount of allergen a patient is given) studies cost approximately $1 – $2 million each
  • To enroll one patient into a food allergy study costs $30,000
  • Dr. Robert Wood and his team at Hopkins Children’s are conducting some of the only food allergy research of its kind
  • Philanthropy is vital to bringing new and effective therapies to fruition

Our purpose:

To raise funds and awareness about the work being done at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, specifically in the area of pediatric food allergy. Learn more about the Center here.


2014 Golf Classic


2015 Golf Committee

Chuck Paterakis, Chair
Frances Apostolo • Kelly Burchell • Allison Doriss • Jen Doyle
Les Hershfield • Chantelle Keating • Amanda Leininger
Olga Paterakis • Peggy Peroutka • Delina Phillips
Dr. Robert Wood (honorary member)



For more information, contact Chantelle Keating at 410-558-3010.