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PAK News

  • Food allergy bullying, we need your help.

    The below is a letter which PAK sent to the Roseanne show after their first two episodes aired last night. At the end of the second episode a peanut allergy was used as a joke for cheap laughs. The food allergic community is often used as a joke in television shows, ad campaigns, movies, and comedians routines. PAK has written countless letters over the years to a variety of celebrities pointing out that life threatening food allergies are not funny. Yet, there has not been a change. When did our society become so cruel? How is making fun of a life threatening conditions which affects 15 million Americans funny? Common manners and inclusivity have gone out the window. PAK is asking you today, whether you have a food allergy in your family or not, to speak up when this food allergy bullying is portrayed in the media. Write a letter, make a phone call, speak up. Demand this bullying and discrimination end. As stated below, it is unlikely that diabetes, cancer, and other serious conditions would be used to get a laugh and if it was there would be outrage. Your support means everything. Thank you for your dedication to the cause. Our brave, amazing, resilient children deserve better. 

    Randi Eccleston

    PAK President


    For fans of the original show the comeback of Roseanne was an exciting opportunity to see what the family is up to now. The episodes which aired last night did not disappoint. They were just as funny as the original. They certainly tackled a variety of issues in one hour. Especially touching was watching Roseanne’s grandson be himself no matter what anyone else thought. Bullying is a real and relevant issue. No child should be bullied no matter what, it is unacceptable. A child should not be bullied for how he dresses. The grandson, after being bullied, reveals that the bully has a peanut allergy and he “can be taken out with trail mix”. Not only is this bullying but it is life threatening. A life threatening condition is never funny and should not be portrayed as such in a television comedy. 

    You probably can’t imagine the hours of preparation and planning that go into keeping those with life threatening food allergies safe on a daily basis when everyday foods such as nuts, gluten, milk and eggs can literally kill them. 

    Maybe we can help you understand.  Life threatening food allergies is a condition that affects 15 million Americans, 8 million of which are children. Can you imagine your child, friend, family member, or spouse swelling, getting hives, blood pressure dropping, throat closing, fainting, a feeling of impending doom and the very real possibility of dying?

    Do you give all life-threatening conditions the equal opportunity to be the butt of your jokes?  Somehow we think jokes about diabetes, pediatric cancer and the like would be off limits for you.  Why are life-threatening food allergies so funny?  They aren’t. 

    This is the life for those with life-threatening food allergies.Our members with allergies are brave, determined, courageous, and strong. Please consider doing a new episode, one which expresses inclusion instead of ignorance and misinformation.   If you would like to learn more and how you can help raise awareness for life-threatening allergies, email us at info@pakcharlotte.org 

    Sincerely,

    Parents Of Allergic Kids, Pakcharlotte.org















  • Sponsor A Child

    *** New PAK program alert***

    We have a special announcement today. PAK is proud to announce our new program “Sponsor-A-Child”. This exciting initiative is rolling out today. This summer, once again, PAK is hosting Camp ROAR. PAK’s goal as always is to provide a safe and fun summer camp. PAK is able to do this through a FARE grant. This year we received a partial FARE grant and we need help filling in the funds which we did not receive so we may keep the cost of camp down for you, our PAK families. Through “Sponsor-A-Child your friends, family, co-workers, employers, and the like can help with our camp costs. $100 covers one child for one week of camp. If you know of a company/individual who would like to be a sponsor, have them email PAK at info@pakcharlotte.org

    Thank you for your help and we are looking forward to another wonderful summer at Camp ROAR!

  • Spring reminders and new news and updates

    We have a busy spring ahead. Here are reminders of our March and April events and some new news!

    ***PAK is busy coordinating some fun and educational events for our members. On Monday, March 26, PAK will welcome inspirational speaker Eric Edwards to Charlotte! Meet one of the inventors of Auvi-Q and hear how he was inspired to use his personal experiences handling life-threatening food allergies to create something that would positively affect thousand of others! Don't forget that we also have an Allergy 101 event scheduled for Saturday, April 21. In addition, PAK is planning some fun events for the fall including a day out at Wise Acres farm to coordinate with the Teal Pumpkin Project and another PAK-a-Bear event! 


    ***Directions to the Eric Edwards event are as follows:

    St. Matthews Catholic Church
    8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy
    Charlotte, NC 28277

    Directions:
    From Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, please pull in the main entrance and then turn right. Then there will be a parking lot on your right, please use this lot. After parking, you will see a large water fountain - the New Life Center is the 2-story building to the right of the water fountain. Walk past the fountain to the LAST ENTRANCE of the New Life Center. When you enter the building, there will be an elevator and stairs to the right - take either to the 2nd floor. We will be in rooms 239, 240, and 241 and there will be signs indicating how to find the rooms.

    ***Lets go shopping!!! We have new PAK shirts for sale. They are incredible and only $8!!!! https://sheshed.biz/shop?olsPage=products%2Fpak-t-shirt

    ***FARE has a new online training all about anaphylaxis. It is an online 15 minute video. Please feel free to share with family, friends, schools, houses of worship, babysitters etc. It is very honest(not graphic) so please view before sharing it with children.https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/training/recognizing-responding-to-anaphylaxis

    Happy Spring and please email us with any questions info@pakcharlotte.org

    Thank you,

    PAK Coordinators

  • 1200 Strong!

  • PAK night at the Checkers!

    Join us at a Checkers game! March 10th at 6pm. Gates open at 4:30. Our section 104 will be food free. The area will be cleaned before we arrive and we may wipe down again upon arrival. There will be no food sold in our area and we ask if you would like to eat that you do so away from our section. You may purchase tickets at https://www.fevo.com/edp/PAK-Charlotte-Checkers-vs-Hartford-Wolf-Pack-qMVCeAF

    See you at Bojangles Coliseum 2700 E Independence Blvd Charlotte, NC 28205

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