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ByeBye Allergies
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $750,000.00

Our message


The prevalence of food allergies has tripled in the past ten years and affects currently over 100,000 children in Quebec. Without available treatments for food allergies, those affected have to follow a strict avoidance diet of the allergen and have to use an adrenalin auto-injector in case of an allergic reaction. Despite the vigilance observed by patients and their parents, the yearly risk of accidental exposure is 15%.

In addition to the risk of death and sequelae, a food allergy is associated with a significant psychosocial impact, even greater than that reported in patients living with Type I Diabetes or Lupus. Children with food allergies and their parents may suffer from a high level of anxiety and fear of eating, and may be more isolated from various social activities by fear of an accidental exposure to their allergen. This fear is not entirely unreasonable, given the severity of anaphylactic reactions reported after accidental ingestion of even a minute trace amount of an allergen. At school, children with food allergies are at greater risk of bullying and exclusion.


Oral immunotherapy, also called oral desensitization, involves the administration of gradually increasing doses of the allergen, under medical supervision, over a long period of time, until the allergen is tolerated without an allergic reaction. This type of treatment has already been used for desensitization to allergens (dust mites, pollen) in the case of respiratory allergies.

The number of publications on oral immunotherapy and clinical experience has peaked in the last few years and several oral immunotherapy clinics are now offering these treatments in the United States. When performed by trained medical professionals, this treatment has proven safe and has shown an intent-to-treat rate of effectiveness over 80%. Those patients who have been desensitized and can safely eat a full portion of their allergen without reacting, have reported a significantly improved quality of life, decreased anxiety and a positive impact on their social and emotional well-being.

In addition, after a prolonged treatment period (5 years), almost half of those treated for a peanut allergy, were able to stop their daily intake of peanuts without showing a return of their allergy, thereby showing an impact of oral immunotherapy on the natural evolution of the illness. This effect could be even more pronounced in younger patients.


The goal of this fundraising campaign is to open an oral immunotherapy clinic ,associated with the food allergy clinic, at the CHU Sainte-Justine, for the treatment of severe food allergies.

The first goal is to offer this treatment to 200 children with food allergies in the first two years.

A secondary goal is to demonstrate the social and economic impact of this treatment to ensure the long-term financial support of the clinic through the public health system.

Finally, as a world leader in children's health, this clinic will allow the CHU to pursue its role in innovation, by offering opportunities for participation in registries and research thereby continuing to push the current limits of knowledge and develop more personalized treatments for food allergies.


The costs involved include medical equipment (precision scales, pharmaceutical fridges), relevant furniture for the clinic, food and materials used for the desensitization, professionals' salaries (nurse, technicians in pharmacy and nutrition, administrative assistant). These costs are estimated at $300,000 for the first year, and $200,000 for subsequent years. This budget allows for the desensitization of 100 children per year.

Professionals leading the project: Dr. Philippe Bégin & Dr. Anne Des Roches

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Catherine Chartrand/Chasseurs de monstres donated $767.59
Jul 31, 2017 11:00 AM
Claude Benoit donated $500.00
Jul 24, 2017 4:05 PM
Placage Granby donated $500.00
Jul 24, 2017 2:41 PM
Catherine Bisaillon donated $20.00
Jul 6, 2017 10:28 PM
Jeansebastien Malo donated $22.22
Jun 29, 2017 8:39 AM
Anonymous donated $100.00
Jun 11, 2017 9:38 PM
Fondation Le Petit Lapin donated $25,000.00
Jun 2, 2017 3:16 PM
Gilberte Benoit donated $500.00
Jun 2, 2017 2:55 PM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 26, 2017 5:23 PM
Annie Benoit donated $500.00
May 25, 2017 10:23 PM
Dave Gauthier donated $100.00
May 24, 2017 8:16 PM
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May 22, 2017 2:31 PM
Francine Thomas donated $50.00
May 16, 2017 10:20 PM
Nadia Arseneau donated $50.00
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Nadejda Casapciuc donated $200.00
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Sann Yam donated $50.00
May 10, 2017 3:42 PM
JOANNE MENARD donated $100.00
May 10, 2017 2:11 PM
Dominic Ainsley donated $30.00
May 10, 2017 12:26 PM
Marie Cassista donated $50.00
May 10, 2017 10:39 AM
Francis Marcil donated an undisclosed amount
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David Ouellet donated $125.00
May 7, 2017 9:11 PM
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Vicky Deroy donated an undisclosed amount
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Donateurs de la Fondation donated $455,000.00
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Gala Fondation Presti donated $167,650.00
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ilmar belarbi donated $50.00
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Lower Canada College donated $477.20
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Karen Hanna donated $30.00
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Ouissam Youssef donated $1,000.00
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Marie-Hélène Desnoyers donated $40.00
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Regis Levesque donated $100.00
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Anne Gosselin donated $200.00
Feb 1, 2017 2:49 PM
MDiane Bouchard donated $50.00
Feb 1, 2017 1:59 PM
Mathieu Demers donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 28, 2017 9:25 PM
Julie Blais donated $25.00
Jan 19, 2017 6:47 PM
Denise St-Onge donated $50.00
Jan 13, 2017 2:26 PM
Veronique Labrecque donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 12, 2017 8:04 AM
Benoit Lapalme donated $200.00
Dec 31, 2016 1:16 PM
Paléogenies inc. donated $250.00
Dec 30, 2016 2:26 PM
Vincent Mercier donated $250.00
Dec 30, 2016 2:23 PM
Elyse Lebeau donated $50.00
Dec 24, 2016 1:24 PM
Chouette et Cocotte donated $100.00
Dec 24, 2016 8:44 AM
Patrick Dube donated $500.00
Dec 19, 2016 9:22 PM
Antoinette Abou-Rjeily donated $100.00
Dec 19, 2016 7:23 PM
Geneviève Beaulieu-Pelletier donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 18, 2016 7:49 PM
Therese Lapointe donated $50.00
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Catherine Boivin donated an undisclosed amount
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Evelyne Rivet donated $20.00
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Louise Provencher donated an undisclosed amount
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Josiane Gratton donated an undisclosed amount
Nov 29, 2016 9:58 AM
Vincent Martel donated $1,000.00
Nov 28, 2016 9:53 AM
Clinique Dentaire Thibault & Assiciés donated $10,000.00
Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM
Teresa Calandriello Fata donated $500.00
Nov 25, 2016 11:14 AM
Hugo Lasalle donated $100.00
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Moka Solutions inc. donated an undisclosed amount
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Jeanne Dumoulin donated an undisclosed amount
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Richard Gougeon donated $50.00
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