U-M Food Allergy Center to be named after national food allergy advocate Mary H. Weiser
Mary H. Weiser has watched in terror as her child was gripped by a severe allergic reaction after she ingested a simple food that most of us eat on a daily basis.
It’s a moment that the Ann Arbor resident will never forget, and one she’d never wish on anyone. In the hope that families living with food allergy will have better treatment options, Mary Weiser has become a passionate, tireless advocate for a path toward cures and dedicated herself to activism for the cause.
“When she was just a year old, I fed my daughter a bite of egg and she immediately slumped in her high chair and soon began vomiting. We found out she was allergic to multiple foods and since then have discovered additional food allergies after several terrifying, severe reactions that sent us to the emergency room,” says Weiser, who has served as chair of the U-M Food Allergy Center’s advisory board. Weiser’s son also has been diagnosed with multiple food allergies.
“I want my kids to have the same opportunities that everyone wants for their children, and I know that in some ways, their lives will always be different. As their parent, I am committed to helping make their lives better and as an advocate, I’m also committed to improving the lives of the 15 million Americans who suffer from food allergies.”
To honor Mary Weiser’s advocacy, the U-M Food Allergy Center will now be named the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center and the Weiser family is also making significant financial commitments to the U-M Food Allergy Center. Ambassador Ronald N. Weiser (BBA ’66) and Eileen L. Weiser (MMus ’75) are directing $9.5 million from their recently announced $50 million campaign contribution. In addition, Mary and her husband Marc A. Weiser (BSE ‘95) (MBA ‘00) will provide $500,000, bringing the family’s total gift to the Food Allergy Center to $10 million.