Andrea Mariano was an 18 year Thornhill, Ontario teenager who died in September 2015 during her first week of school at Queen’s University.  Andrea died within hours of consuming a drink that contained either dairy or peanut products, both of which she was severely allergic to. Her death was a tragic loss to her family, friends and the community.  We want to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again.

Funds raised will go to the Sick Kids Hospital Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Program in Toronto.  The program was created in response to the increasing number of individuals being diagnosed with life-threatening allergies. Currently 1 in 13 Canadians have a food allergy and there is no cure.  The funds will be used to find new therapies for individuals with severe allergies and to find a cure.

Just go to the ‘Donate’ button on this website and you will be linked directly to the SickKids donation page.  You can also set up your own fundraising page by clicking on the ‘Start Fundraising’ button.  Another easy way is to join us on the September 30, 2018 for the Walk for Andrea at Milne Dam Conservation Park and help us raise awareness and funds for research there.  Register with us and we will send you quick and easy steps to follow.

All donations $20 dollars and over will get a tax receipt. Cheques should be payable to SickKids Foundation. 525 University Ave, 14th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2L3.  Online donations are preferred; We are unable to accept cash or credit card payments at the event.

The 2018 Walk for Andrea is taking place at Milne Dam Conservation Park and Trail on Sunday September 30 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.

The trail is 2.3 km and by just taking a leisurely pace it will be over before 12 noon. It is a packed dirt trail and has no up or down hill challenges.  The trail is even suitable for strollers!

There is lots of parking available, lots of green space, a slow river, washroom facilities, and picnic tables for those wishing to stay and make a day of the experience.

Registration will begin at 9:30 am

Participants may have a variety of allergies. Therefore, we are not providing any refreshments other than water to refill water bottles. However, there will be some individually wrapped food samples from Food companies which participants are welcome to take.  

Join our team and share Andrea’s story and our goal of finding a cure with friends and family members.  Ask them to support us and share the website and Facebook pages if they seek more information. Register for the Walk and/or Donate and remind everyone you know they can donate via our website.

Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a substance that has become an allergen. An allergen is the substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Any substance can be the cause of an allergy. Some common allergens include dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean shellfish, sesame, sulphites and mustard.  After being exposed, the immune system becomes sensitized to it. When the person is exposed again, an allergic reaction can occur. Anaphylaxis happens quickly after the exposure. The condition is severe and involves the whole body and needs to be treated right away with epinephrine.  Left untreated, it can be fatal.