ALAA Announces Closing Organization

November 4, 2016


American Latex Allergy Association
Sue Lockwood, Executive Director
Phone: (608) 874-4044



American Latex Allergy Association Announces Closing of the Organization

EASTMAN, WISCONSIN (November 4, 2016) The American Latex Allergy Association (ALAA), the leading national nonprofit latex allergy education, advocacy and support organization in the United States, will cease operations on Dec. 31, 2016 after 23 years of service. 

Formerly A.L.E.R.T, Inc., ALAA was founded in 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by a group of approximately 30 healthcare workers who had acquired latex allergy. ALAA became a significant resource for those seeking information on natural rubber latex allergy both nationally and internationally.

As many of you know funding for non-profits has become very limited.  Unfortunately we are no longer able to obtain the funding to allow ALAA to continue to operate.

“Latex allergy continues to affect up to 6 percent of people in the United States, and its impact can be significant – even life-threatening – to those at risk, which is why awareness and education and vigilance remain so important say co-founders Marsha Smith and Sue Lockwood.

It has been an honor to support the latex allergy community, and we want to thank those many people who have helped us raise awareness of this complex allergy. 

ALAA’s website,, will stay online for the foreseeable future.

For more information, visit our website: ; follow ALAA on Facebook (American Latex Allergy Association) and Twitter (@latexallergyorg).



About ALAA

The American Latex Allergy Association is a national, nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to create awareness of latex allergy through education and to provide support to individuals who have been diagnosed with latex allergy.