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  • Bridging the Gap: Patients, Pediatricians, and Allergists Unite

    Reminder! Send in your questions to info@pakcharlotte.org for this incredible meeting happening on Saturday, February 4!

  • imPAKt First Educational Video: Carrying Epinephrine Released!

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    We are thrilled to share the first ever imPAKt Educational Video Series! The topic is Carrying Epinephrine. Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/OrjbXBVHpNY We are grateful to the imPAKt crew, WSOC Action 9 News Reporter Jason Stoogenke, and Charlotte Academy of Music for making this happen! Please take a moment to subscribe to our channel. PAK needs 100 subscribers in order to get an official You Tube URL. They will be working on more videos this spring. Feel free to send us ideas you would like your kids to watch the imPAKt crew talk about to impaktcharlotte@gmail.com.

  • PAK January Newsletter

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    Happy New Year PAK Families!

    We are kicking off the new year with many events and opportunities to get together..Mark your Calendars!

    Our first for the new year is a family outing at Sports Connection…

    ***Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2 pm at Sports Connection BOTH LOCATIONS!

    Northlake 8626 Hankins Road Charlotte, NC 28269

    South Charlotte 11611 Ardrey Kell Road Charlotte, NC 28277

    This is a super fun opportunity for the youth recommended age  7+ and teens to get together and play laser tag, video games and a ride. Space is limited...RSVP by mailing name and ages of attendees with a 10$ fee per family, made payable to Parents of Allergic Kids PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079 or through or Paypal https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ . This is the only way to secure your space. This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

    Then on Thursday, January 19, our Youth Guided Workshop Series continues...

    ***6:00-7:00 pm (Ages 8-12) and 7:00-8:00 pm (Ages 13+) The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11840 Southmore, Charlotte 28277. Just south of where they are putting in the new Whole Foods by the Ardrey Kell and Providence Intersection (Turn in at the Providence Country Club light) This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited RSVP by emailing impaktcharlotte@gmail.com

    Running simultaneously to the workshop on January 19

    6:00 - 8:00 pm Parent Chat Newly Diagnosed & Veterans Come join fellow parents discussing managing our allergies in a variety of settings, i.e. with family, friends, church, and in school. This will be held concurrently with the youth workshops listed below at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11840 Southmore, Charlotte 28277 . You do not need to have a child in the workshop to attend.

    ***YOGA NIGHT! Friday, February 3, 7pm-8pm at Be Yoga, Carmel location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd, Ste 2B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226 Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids mailed to PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079 to secure space)

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    ***Bridging the Gap: Patients, Pediatricians, and Allergists Unite  Saturday, February 4, 2:00 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy Dr. Jennifer Caicedo with Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte and Dr. Rachel Wiese with Charlotte Pediatric Clinic will lead our first educational session of Bridging the Gap between allergy families and their pediatricians and allergists. We are working with local physicians to improve care for everyone, whether you are newly diagnosed or have been managing allergies for years. Let us know what topics you would like to discuss and what information you are looking for so the doctors may shape this discussion to be more integrative and informative!

    Please submit all questions to info@pakcharlotte.org by Friday, January 27. Thank you!

    ***Planning Meeting for Parents Sunday, February 12th at 2:00 pm, at the Starbucks in Ballantyne, NC at StoneCrest at 7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277 We want to bring everyone together to begin to plan and strategize together for PAK and IMPAKT in 2017. We will discuss what meetings, events, advocacy, outreach our group will do in the coming year.  This Starbucks is on the corner of Ballantyne Commons and Rea Rd, near Target in Stonecrest Shopping Center, easy to hop on/off I-485

    Hope to see you all soon!

    PAK Coordinators

    Randi & Jodi

  • Bridging the Gap: Patients, Pediatricians, and Allergists Unite

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    SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, February 4, 2017 2:00 - 4:00 PM

    Bridging the Gap: Patients, Pediatricians, and Allergists Unite

    Dr. Jennifer Caicedo with Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte and Dr. Rachel Wiese with Charlotte Pediatric Clinic will lead our first educational session of Bridging the Gap between allergy families and their pediatricians and allergists. We are working with local physicians to improve care for everyone, whether you are newly diagnosed or have been managing allergies for years. Let us know what topics you would like to discuss and what information you are looking for so the doctors may shape this discussion to be more integrative and informative!

    Please submit all questions to info@pakcharlotte.org by Friday, January 27. Thank you!

  • PAK December News

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    Hello and Happy December to you all! Here's a list of all the happenings and opportunities....

    Thursday, December 15, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Parent Chat Newly Diagnosed & Veterans Come join fellow parents discussing managing our allergies in a variety of settings, i.e. with family, friends, church, and in school. This will be held concurrently with the youth workshops listed below at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11840 Southmore, Charlotte 28277 . You do not need to have a child in the workshop to attend.

    6:00-7:00 pm (Ages 8-12) and 7:00-8:00 pm (Ages 13+) Guided Workshops The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11840 Southmore, Charlotte 28277. Just south of where they are putting in the new Whole Foods by the Ardrey Kell and Providence Intersection (Turn in at the Providence Country Club light) This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited RSVP by emailing impaktcharlotte@gmail.com 

    Save the Dates for these 2017 events...

    Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2 pm at Sports Connection BOTH LOCATIONS!

    • Northlake 8626 Hankins Road Charlotte, NC 28269 
    • South Charlotte 11611 Ardrey Kell Road Charlotte, NC 28277

    This is a super fun opportunity for the youth 7+ and teens to get together and play laser tag, video games and a ride. Space is limited...RSVP by mailing name and ages of attendees with a 10$ fee per family, made payable to Parents of Allergic Kids PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079. This is the only way to secure your space.  This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

    YOGA NIGHT! Friday, February 3, 7pm-8pm at Be Yoga, Carmel location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd, Ste 2B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226  Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids mailed to PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079 to secure space) 

    Planning Meeting for Parents Sunday, February 12th at 2:00 pm, at the Starbucks in Ballantyne, NC at StoneCrest at 7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277  (This Starbucks is across from St. Matthews Catholic Church and easy to hop on/off I485 to get there.)  We want to bring everyone together to meet one another and begin to plan and strategize together for PAK and IMPAKT in 2017. 

    Have a wonderful holiday season,

    PAK Coordinators

    Jodi, Randi, and Carrie

     

  • PAK-It's Giving Tuesday!

    Dear PAK Supporter,

    Today, Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Parents of Allergic Kids is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

    Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29.

    PAK’s immediate need is to raise $8,000 by December 31st, 2016. This money will pay for the initial 501(c)(3) set up costs and for the operating expenses for the coming year. Remember, your place of employment may match your donation! You can easily donate through our Paypal feature on our website, https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ or you can send a donation payable to Parents of Allergic Kids to PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079

    Some other ways that you can raise funds and awareness for PAK are:

    *Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingPAKday on social media when you spread the word about Parents Of Allergic Kids.

    *Get your workplace and local government officials, and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website (www.givingtuesday.org) and to organize a campaign that promotes Parents Of Allergic Kids and #GivingPAKday

    *Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visitingwww.givingtuesday.org/join to receive updates, event invitations, and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.

    There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

    Thank you,

    PAK Coordinators

  • Your Strengths Are Needed...

    discover-your-strengthsYour strengths are needed friends!

    We are excited about all of the amazing opportunities happening for the PAK community this coming year. It is time to plan 2017 activities and meetings for the adults and children of PAK. This is where you all come in. PAK chairpersons and committee members are required in the following areas:

    • PAK Management: Fundraising, marketing, etc.

    • Member Fellowship: Setting up new members and helping with IMPAKT

    • Awareness Events: Help PAK participate in area events

    • Outreach and Advocacy: Help PAK create positive relationships with area school systems and educate on “food allergy aware” policies and best practices.

     

    The following link has a detailed breakdown of the volunteer opportunities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ITeV4k7nSEhNf0OLkETLusGmMPq1fM3QbZYGp2IGw8o/edit?usp=sharing

    Please email us at info@pakcharlotte.org if you would like to fill one of the roles, or if you have an idea to add to the list! We are always open to new ideas. THANK YOU for your help, time and generosity. Together we can help PAK grow to make our children’s community more inclusive and safe! Many thanks, PAK Coordinators

  • PAK Special November Announcement

    Dear PAK Supporter,

    This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Parents of Allergic Kids is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

    Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29.

    PAK’s immediate need is to raise $8,000 by December 31st, 2016. This money will pay for the initial 501(c)(3) set up costs and for the operating expenses for the coming year. Remember, your place of employment may match your donation!

    Some ways that you can raise funds and awareness for PAK are:

    *Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #GivingPAKday on social media when you spread the word about Parents Of Allergic Kids.

    *Get your workplace and local government officials, and small businesses involved in #GivingTuesday. Encourage them to officially sign up as partners on the website (www.givingtuesday.org) and to organize a campaign that promotes Parents Of Allergic Kids and #GivingPAKday

    *Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Join the email list by visitingwww.givingtuesday.org/join to receive updates, event invitations, and the latest graphics and tools to share on your social channels.

    There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. We encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.

    Thank you,

    PAK Coordinators

  • The Wait is Over!

    pak-logo501c3-colorPAK is now legally a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation!  

    Created in 2006, PAK has worked to help parents and their food allergic children in the Charlotte area.  Powered 100% by volunteers, we continue to provide fun community events, educational symposiums partnering with local Board Certified Allergists,  jointly host Camp R.O.A.R. annually, and are actively working to include teens with our new group, IMPAKT, (I am PAK, too!).  Let’s not forget the day to day support we receive on our closed Facebook forum and the online friends we meet!

    We are growing!  

    The greater Charlotte area’s population is growing and unfortunately, so are the number of children diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies.  According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.  As a result, the PAK community has expanded, too!  PAK’s response?  PAK has legally become a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

    What does this 501(c)(3) status mean for you?

    • Greater ability to generate PAK member inspired events for you!   
    • The ability to quickly respond to our food allergic community’s needs!  
    • Tax deductions for YOU when you make a charitable gift to PAK.  Parents of Allergic Kids is now a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

    How can I help?

    • Spread the word and share this news with your family, friends, pediatrician and other caregivers!  Click this link to the pdf to share  Tell them they can find us at www.pakcharlotte.org.
    • Thanks to your generous donations, PAK is able to provide programs, events and community outreach and education to enhance our food allergic children’s experience and safety in their community.

    Donate securely at our website via PayPal by clicking https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ now!  Alternatively, mail a check payable to Parents of Allergic Kids at P.O. Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079.

  • 2 PAK Events This Week!

    2 PAK Events This Week!

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    ***Wednesday, November 2 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm IMPAKT Band, Ben E. Dryl and the Epinephrines, are playing at Tosco Open Mic Night at the Evening Muse in NODA. Singalong starts at 8 pm, The Open Mic starts around 8:45 and can go as late as 11:00 pm. They will go on depending on when they sign up anytime after 8:45. Cost is 3$ per person.

    3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205 https://www.facebook.com/events/100631880411535/

    ***Friday, November 4, 7 - 8 pm PAK Yoga Night Theme is Gratitude! Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate (Kindergarten age and up). Please bring your own mat or towel.  This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). A donation of $5 per family is requested but not required (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids). For more information: email info@pakcharlotte.org

    Check out the Facebook event for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/1668668133450526/

  • PAK Youth Workshops this Thursday October 20

    teens-helping-teens-e1364399539562Hello! There is space available in both workshops for this Thursday, October 20. Here are the details...

    Workshop series for the youth of PAK, ages 8 – 17...

    10/20/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.

    You do not have to commit to all sessions. You can fill out the form with the dates that work best for your family.  The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277 (GPS location). The sessions will be held as follows (all dates/times are subject to change)-

    10/20/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    11/17/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    12/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    1/19/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    2/16/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    Dates for March, April and May will be determined in February 2017

    Each session is $10 per child* made payable to Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited to 10 youth per session. In order to hold your spot for fall sessions, please fill out this form Workshop Sign up form and email to impaktcharlotte@gmail.com

    *If you are financially unable to pay the $10 fee, the FARE grant will enable your child to still attend. Please fill out the form with a note. All information will be kept confidential.

  • FARE Walk for Food Allergy & Relay Race

    Hello! We are thrilled to be part of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy this year in one week, next Saturday, October 22, 1 pm at Freedom Park! There will be a RELAY RACE sponsored by Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA...Check out this link for details... Relay Race Instructions

    Here are a few other exciting events happening at the walk.  

    • Teal Pumpkin Project Pavilion - Decorating and Crafts
    • TEAL Costumes!
    • Special IMPAKT Introduction: The IMPAKT crew have been practicing an incredible performance for your listening enjoyment!
    • The Hawthornes Band 
    • Photo Element 
    • Hidden Pumpkin
    • Sponsor and Vendor Tables with Sampling
    • Raffles

    Be sure to Register to Walk at... www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2016

    Hope to see you there! 

    PAK Coordinators

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  • Food Drive for NC Flood Allergic Families

    As you have heard, there has been catastrophic flooding in North Carolina due to hurricane Matthew. The link below has all of the details on how you can help allergic families get safe food. Please feel free to share the information.

    https://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/allergy-friendly-food-drive-help-north-carolina-families-affected-by-hurricane-matthew

    UPDATE 10/16/16: There are three wish lists up and running....

    Many thanks,

    PAK Coordinators

     

  • PAK October News

    Hello! Here is the latest PAK Fall News...

    IMPAKT Logo - color (1)The IMPAKT crew is growing leaps and bounds. They are our youth, ages 11 - 18 getting together for a variety of activities. Check out https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/impakt/ for more details on what they are doing in our community.

    cropped-pak-logo-color-resized1.jpg We are one step closer to becoming a 501(c)(3)! What does this mean for all of us? This means that PAK will soon be able to accept donations from larger corporations and donations from members will soon be tax deductible.* PAK still remains powered purely by 100% volunteer work by our co-leaders and members. A sincere and very special thank you to PAK member, Diane Burks, Esq., Special Counsel from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for all of her legal counsel, guidance and pro bono work through this process. We are forever grateful! Getting started will require our supporters and parent member’s financial help! There are initial start-up and legal costs. We would sincerely appreciate your financial support in whatever amount you feel is appropriate. We have set up a PayPal link where you can donate securely on our website which is located at https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ . Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to: Parents of Allergic Kids PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079  *PAK Charlotte has filed as a non-profit. PAK’s 501(c)(3) tax exemption filing status is in process and pending. Once formal approval has been received, all contributions to PAK will be tax deductible retroactively to August 25th.

    We are thrilled at all the amazing upcoming Fall Events....

    1- Food Allergy Myth Busters with Dr. Johnston This ThursdayOctober 6, 6:30-8:00 pm Join Dr. Johnston in a conversation to answer questions about lunchroom safety and common myths surrounding food allergies. We look forward to the IMPAKT crew attending to lead games too! This will be a no food event. Location: Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte, 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte- Arboretum location.

    2- Guided Youth Workshops Thursday, October 20, 6:00-7:00 pm (Ages 8-12) and 7:00-8:00 pm (Ages 13+) The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277 (GPS location). RSVP using this form. This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions.

     

    3- FARE Walk for Food Allergy Saturday, October 22, 1 pm at Freedom Park... www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2016  This year’s Walk will be better than ever with FIRST ANNUAL CHARLOTTE FARE WALK RELAY RUN! And  TURN THE PARK TEAL!!

    Here are a few other exciting events happening at the walk.  Over the next week, we will provide more details on each of the events in our growing list.

    • Teal Pumpkin Project Pavilion - Decorating and Crafts
    • TEAL Costumes!
    • Special IMPAKT Introduction: The IMPAKT crew have been practicing an incredible performance for your listening enjoyment!
    • Band
    • Photo Element
    • Hidden Pumpkin
    • Sponsor and Vendor Tables with Sampling

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    4- YOGA NIGHT! Friday, November 4, 7pm-8pm at Be Yoga, Carmel location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd, Ste 2B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226  Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

    Many thanks for your support,

    PAK Coodinators, Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

     

     

     

     

  • 5 Weeks To Go...

    We are just under 5 weeks away from the Charlotte FARE Walk! www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2016

    Will you join us? Will you ask your friends and family to join us? To date, we have 21 teams registered, 66 walkers, and have raised $3,805 towards our goal of $30,000. Can we double these numbers by the end of the month?

    What is a great way to encourage friends and family to become participants and to raise $50? Just a fun giveaway, that's all! Anyone who registers and raises $50 or more beginning today and ending on 9/30 will be entered into a drawing to win a Switch Witch! These are new donations beginning today, so send those emails and start those teams!  Only one winner will be selected. Winner may pick up their prize at the walk.

    We would like to say THANK YOU to our sponsor Charlotte Medical Clinic, Carolinas Healthcare Clinic with Dr. Ekta Shah, Dr. Caroline Hobbs & Dr. Edina Swartz.  We greatly appreciate your support!

    We also want to thank Parents of Allergic Kids - Charlotte for their tremendous support in our community.  PAK-Charlotte is our local food allergy support group.  Make sure you check them out!

    Fundraising Tip of the Week – Your Reason for Walking

    FARE Walk Fudraising PlanThere are many reasons why you are walking and raising money to support FARE. Whether you are walking for a family member, co-worker, a friend, in honor of someone, or you simply want to support the 15 million Americans living with food allergies, your fundraising efforts and support will make a difference! Sharing your personal story helps build support, awareness and educates those around you about the impact food allergies has on your life and the lives of those around you.

    Take the Next Step

    Your compelling story helps motivate others to donate and support your efforts. Log into your headquarters to send an email this week to your networks and share your story!

    THANK YOU!

    We are climbing closer to our goal every week and every effort you make helps us say FAREwell to food allergies. Thank you for your continued support to FARE!

    Kind Regards,

    Jennifer Barrett

    SE Walk Consultant

    farese@foodallergy.org

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  • PAK Parent & Youth Workshop This Thursday!

    Great News!

    A PARENT GROUP WORKSHOP is available this Thursday, September 15, from 6-7 p.m. This is for parents only. **We will have games and activites for the kids while parents are in session. Jodi Stokes and Carrie Merner, PAK Co-Leaders, will help keep an eye on the kids while you are in the discussion.**

    A YOUTH GROUP WORKSHOP for youth ages 8-17 years old this Thursday, September 15, from 7-8 p.m. will be held on the same day and at the same location as the Parent Group Workshop.

    HOW DOES A WORKSHOP, WORK? The workshops are meant to cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagosis in an age appropriate manner. They are open-ended, meaning, that there will not be a set theme to discuss on that day. Topics to be covered, but are not limited to are: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.

    HOW DO I SIGN-UP? RSVP whether a parent, a child or both are attending by emailing impaktcharlotte@gmail.com. We'll then see you there!

    You do not have to commit to all monthly sessions. Come when you can!

    This IMPAKT get together will be the start of the workshop series. This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1825899587640684/

  • Guess What? We are one step closer to...

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    CHECK IT OUT! PAK is one step closer to becoming a 501(c)(3)! What does this mean for all of us? This means that PAK will soon be able to accept donations from larger corporations and donations from members will soon be tax deductible.* PAK still remains powered purely by 100% volunteer work by our co-leaders and members. A sincere and very special thank you to PAK member, Diane Blackburn Burks, Esq., Special Counsel from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for all of her legal counsel, guidance and pro bono work through this process. We are forever grateful!

    Getting started will require our supporters and parent member’s financial help! There are initial start-up and legal costs. We would sincerely appreciate your financial support in whatever amount you feel is appropriate. We have set up a PayPal link where you can donate securely on our website which is located athttps://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ . Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to:

    Parents of Allergic Kids

    PO Box 1634

    Indian Trail, NC 28079

    *PAK Charlotte has filed as a non-profit. PAK’s 501(c)(3) tax exemption filing status is in process and pending. Once formal approval has been received, all contributions to PAK will be tax deductible retroactively to August 25th.

  • No-Nut Butter Drive For Loaves & Fishes

    One of our IMPAKT members, Claudia Michaels, is doing a project through the FARE Teen Advisory Group Southeast Division to collect non-nut butter jars, such as Sunbutter, Wowbutter for the local food bank, Loaves and Fishes. There will be collection boxes at the following Healthy Home Market stores:

    1330 Central Ave, Charlotte, 1816 Galleria Blvd, Charlotte and 261 Griffith St, Davidson.

     

    The collection boxes are ready for drop off now through October 22nd weekend. There will also be a collection at the FARE Walk, Saturday, October 22, 1 pm at Freedom Park.

    Thanks!

    PAK Coordinators

  • PAK and FARE Membership Benefits!

    Dear PAK Families,  

    YOU can be a part of an even bigger movement by becoming a member of FARE. When you become a member of FARE, along with your involvement as a FARE-recognized Support Group member, you’re able to increase your connection to valuable educational resources and services provided by FARE. You gain instant access to a variety of benefits and resources as soon as you join!

    FARE supports PAK in many ways:

    • In 2015, FARE conducted a training session for PAK. The meeting focused on parents and school administrators collaborating together to create a plan for safety and inclusion for food allergic students using CDC guidelines.
    • PAK was able to ensure that Camp R.O.A.R. was available and affordable to as many children as possible because we were awarded a FARE Community Outreach Award, which supplemented the cost per child to attend our camp.
    • A second grant was also awarded through participation in the 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy. As a result, PAK is offering children the ability to participate in guided workshops and activities for all age groups, including IMPAKT, our teen group.

    The support of FARE members ensures that activities like the above are continued as ways to extend efforts of groups like PAK in the food allergy community.

    Most importantly, being a member of FARE means being part of a growing community of individuals who have pledged to make a difference for the 15 million Americans impacted by food allergies. It means connecting with other individuals and families just like you – from those dealing with a new food allergy diagnosis to those who have been managing food allergies for decades. I hope you see the value in becoming a member of FARE and will join today by clicking here… https://www.foodallergy.org/support-membership  and FARE Membership Benefits

    Sincerely,

    PAK Coordinators

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  • Mylan releases new program: Epipen costs

    We wanted to share a link to the most recent news with Mylan's response and action to our communities outrage at the 400% cost increase for Epipen...

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  • PAK Launches the IMPAKT Crew!

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    The IMPAKT Crew:  PAK is launching a new group called the IMPAKT crew  “I am PAK, too” is a group for Ages 11-18 and will replace the former teen/tween council.  Together, this crew can make an “IMPAKT” on one another and their own community.  We hope they will feel empowered when seeing that there are others, just like them, and lean on one another as they begin to manage their own safety, physical and emotional self-care as it relates to managing their allergies. Here are some of the activities they will be doing:

    • Plan and run social events for the younger children of PAK
    • Host social events for each other: game night, laser tag, bowling, movies, yoga,...
    • Gain community service hours through outreach at allergy awareness events
    • Advocate to local politicians for allergy awareness and anaphylaxis legislation

    If you are interested for your child, ages 11 -18 to participate, please email the permission form  IMPAKT Permission Form to  impaktcharlotte@gmail.com

    The next IMPAKT gettogether will be the start of the workshop series for the youth of PAK, ages 8 – 17. This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions.

    The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.

    You do not have to commit to all sessions. You can fill out the form with the dates that work best for your family.

    The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277 (GPS location).

    The sessions will be held as follows (all dates/times are subject to change)-

    9/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    10/20/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    11/17/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    12/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    1/19/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    2/16/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    Dates for March, April and May will be determined in February 2017

    Each session is $10 per child* made payable to Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited to 10 youth per session. In order to hold your spot for fall sessions, please fill out this form Workshop Sign up form

    by August 31 and mail payment to:

    P.O. Box 1634

    Indian Trail, NC 28079

    *If you are financially unable to pay the $10 fee, the FARE grant will enable your child to still attend. Please fill out the form with a note. All information will be kept confidential.

     

    IMPAKT crew are also invited to attend the  PAK YOGA NIGHT! Friday, September 16, 7pm-8pm at Be Yoga, Carmel location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd, Ste 2B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226 This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).  Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate (Kindergarten age and up). Please bring your own mat or towel. To attend: Please mail your name and ages of all attending to: Parents of Allergic Kids, PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079.  A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids)

  • PAK August News

    PAK August News… THREE GREAT EVENTS COMING UP….

    The Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center Food Allergy Symposium  is THIS Saturday, August 13, 1-3 pm! For more information and to RSVP www.carolinaasthma.com/foodsymposium

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    Lunchbox Makeover with Kathy Thornburg will be on August 27, 10 – 11 am Southbrook Church 5607 Weddington Rd, Weddington, North Carolina 28104 A fresh look at packing kid’s meals! Kathy Thornburg (local blogger) will be sharing ideas for presenting food in new ways and sharing the coolest products to track down to make lunches easy and fun.  Multiple giveaways during the event for those who attend!  This event is FREE and open to the community. Please feel free to invite your family, friends, neighbors and classmates that are interested in making over their children’s lunch boxes!  RSVP: If on Facebook, RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/551543788380376/ If not on Facebook, please email info@pakcharlotte.org

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    PAK YOGA NIGHT! Friday, September 16, 7pm-8pm at Be Yoga, Carmel location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd, Ste 2B, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226 This event was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).  Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate (Kindergarten age and up). Please bring your own mat or towel. To attend: Please mail your name and ages of all attending to: Parents of Allergic Kids, PO Box 1634 Indian Trail, NC 28079.  A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids)

    Reminder to sign up for the upcoming workshop series for the youth of PAK, ages 8 - 17. This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions.

    The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities, autoinjector management and the like.

    You do not have to commit to all sessions. You can fill out the form with the dates that work best for your family.

    The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277 (GPS location).

    The sessions will be held as follows (all dates/times are subject to change)-

    9/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    10/20/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    11/17/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    12/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    1/19/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    2/16/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    Dates for March, April and May will be determined in February 2017

    Each session is $10 per child* made payable to Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited to 10 youth per session. In order to hold your spot for fall sessions, please fill out this form Workshop Sign up form

    by August 31 and mail payment to:

    P.O. Box 1634

    Indian Trail, NC 28079

    *If you are financially unable to pay the $10 fee, the FARE grant will enable your child to still attend. Please fill out the form with a note. All information will be kept confidential.

     

    Let us know if you have any questions!

    PAK Coordinators,

    Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

  • PAK Youth Workshops

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    We are so pleased to announce our upcoming workshop series for the youth of PAK, ages 8 - 17.  This project was made possible through a community award from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).  It will be run by Jon Eccleston, LCSW from Carolinas Therapy Solutions.

    The workshops will cover all aspects of dealing with a severe allergy diagnosis in an age appropriate manner. Topics to be covered but are not limited to: stress, anxiety, dealing with friends, schools, outside activities,  autoinjector management and the like.

    The workshops will be held at the Waverly office of Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center located at 11933 Providence Road, Charlotte 28277 (GPS location).

    The sessions will be held as follows (all dates/times are subject to change)-

    9/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    10/20/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    11/17/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    12/15/16 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    1/19/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    2/16/17 6pm-7pm 8-12 year olds, 7pm-8pm 13-17 year olds

    Dates for March, April and May will be determined in February 2017

    Each session is $10 per child* made payable to Carolinas Therapy Solutions. Space is limited to 10 youth per session. In order to hold your spot for fall sessions, please fill out this form 2016 PAK CarolinasTherapySolutions Workshopsignupform

    by August 31 and mail payment to:

    P.O. Box 1634

    Indian Trail, NC 28079

    *If you are financially unable to pay the $10 fee, the FARE grant will enable your child to still attend. Please fill out the form with a note. All information will be kept confidential.

     

  • Camp ROAR 2016

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    Camp ROAR came to a close yesterday and we reflected on a week filled with fun, friendships new and old, fellowship between our teens and youth.  We experienced camaraderie and team building not just amongst the children, but between us as parents, too! 

    This year we were especially blessed to be able to accommodate twice the campers from last year and extend it to an entire week!  PAK’s goal was to make this available and affordable to as many children that we could accommodate for only $25 per child.  This was financially made possible because PAK was awarded a grant from the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).  This grant extensively supplemented the cost to us as parents.  

    We received a second grant from FARE due to PAK’s extensive participation in the 2015 FARE Walk.  As the FARE Community grant will stretch throughout the year, our PAK children will have more and more opportunities to continue to make friendships through laser tag, bowling, movie nights, allergy management workshops and countless other activities.

    A heartfelt THANK YOU to the incredible team of people that shared their skills and time with our children!  These are the great activities we were able to provide to the children this year:

    Volunteers: Heather Chait, Jennifer Coffey,  Jennifer Youse, Minal Thakore, Anne Marie

    Teen Volunteers: Maddison Khire, KayCee Coffey, Abby Kunz, Kyle Stokes, Arjun Thakore, Claudia Michaels

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    This camp was made financially possible through a community award from FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education. www.foodallergy.org

    Last and most certainly not least, THANK YOU to Raquel Durban, MS, RD, LDN and Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte.  Raquel has dedicated countless hours to support both PAK and the EGID community through the Charlotte Supports EOS support network.

     

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  • PAK Major Announcement

    Dear PAK Supporters and Parents,

    We are thrilled to announce that Parents of Allergic Kids (PAK) will soon become a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization!  As PAK membership continues to grow, we must take the next step of becoming a 501(c)(3) in order to continue to provide a high level of outreach and quality support.  Most importantly, we want to leave a legacy to the future children that will be diagnosed and be able to pass the torch to those parents that will follow in our footsteps and continue to pave their way.

    Parents of Allergic Kids’ mission since 2006 has been to provide a supportive environment for parents and their allergic children who have serious, life-threatening allergies. Our goal has been to raise awareness about the prevalence and severity of allergies by educating parents, caregivers, professionals, and our children’s peers about safely caring for our children. Parents of Allergic Kids has operated as a non-profit association since 2009.  Through the support of our local medical community and the incredible growth and support of our membership in the Charlotte/ Mecklenburg area, we have been able to provide significantly more services and outreach to our parent members and their children such as:

    • PAK Symposium in April 2016 in which participants included all Board Certified Allergist practices and Dr. Kim from UNC Chapel Hill to discuss current research and treatments.
    • Annual Summer Camp that was awarded a grant from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) and therefore was able to double the number of children able to attend at a nominal cost of $25 per child.
    • Nurturing children’s minds, bodies and their overall health by supporting activities such as Yoga and counseling workshops.
    • Facilitating a Teen council and will soon unveil a new logo and initiative to connect this at-risk group for cool activities, support and community service.
    • Hosting workshops generated by parent needs and interests such as partnering with Mylan after the Auvi-Q recall to review proper autoinjector administration to upcoming programs to share tips on packing lunches and decorating cakes!
    • Assisting with generating support to Advocate for School Nurses and State Stock Epinephrine Legislation.

    Changing to a 501(c)(3) will not change the nature of our organization. While we have been able to provide all of the events and activities above with small grants in the past, it has become increasingly more difficult to barely meet our operating costs. Making this change to a 501(c)(3) will allow us to seek grant assistance from small businesses and larger corporations;  we have been legally barred from asking for donations from these sources in the past due to only being a non-profit association.  The legal status of being a 501(c)(3) will also allow our current PAK co-leaders to pass this legacy on to future members.  

    Getting started will require our supporters and parent member’s financial help!  There are initial start-up and legal costs.  We would sincerely appreciate your financial support in whatever amount you feel is appropriate.  We have set up a PayPal link where you can donate securely on our website which is located at https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/donate-to-pak/ .  Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to: Parents of Allergic Kids, PO Box 1634, Indian Trail, NC 28079

    We promise to continue to partner with all Board Certified Allergists in our community to support scientific and evidence based education to our members.  We also want to continue to provide the daily practical “how to’s” and emotional support to our parent members and their children that is required when living with serious, life-threatening allergies.  As co-leaders, the time we have volunteered and will continue to volunteer and dedicate to PAK and its members comes from a depth of sincere commitment and love to the parents and their children wrestling with life-threatening allergies.

    Let’s continue to live life to the fullest, remember to carry our autoinjectors and support one another!

    Sincerely and With Thanks,

    Jodi Stokes

    Randi Eccleston

    Carrie Merner

  • CAAC Food Allergy Symposium August 13

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    RSVP by clicking on this link… http://www.carolinaasthma.com/foodsymposium/

  • Food Allergy Events this week!

    We have three great things going on this week, mark your calendars...

    1. Wednesday, June 29, 7pm, Food Allergy Testing: An Evidence Based Approach  Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300 Charlotte 28277  Dr. Vandana Patel will discuss the use of testing in diagnosis and management of food allergies. Come with your questions! We welcome kids too, while Dr. Patel is speaking there will be games and fun for the kids with the PAK Teens.  RSVP if on Facebook to https://www.facebook.com/events/480698248803478/ or info@pakcharlotte.org
    2. Thursday, June 30, 5:30 - 7 pm, Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center Open House at their new Waverly Office 11840 Southmore Drive, Suite 175 Charlotte, 28277 Please drop by to see their NEW Waverly Office for an Open House.
    3. Don't forget...Wednesday, June 29th is the final day to put your order in for the PAK Fundraiser Wildtree Meal Planning Event...To Register & for More Details Here is all the info....

    PAK Fundraiser Event will be on  Tuesday,  July 19th  7:00 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church!  You’re Invited to an  All-Natural Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop! Prep 10 healthy, delicious meals to make  the next couple weeks a breeze at dinner time!  Wildtree products are made in a peanut-free and gluten-free certified facility. You will have control of what you buy for proteins and vegetables. You can contact Kerry at kerrypat@gmail.com to ask individual allergy questions to make sure the products will be safe for your family.  Whether you are cooking for 1-2, or cooking for a large family, Join in on my Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop and maximize your time.  Prep 10 dinners to put in your freezer for all those SHOPPING nights to come!  Simply take out a freezer meal when you head out in the morning and cook it when you get home!  It’s THAT easy!  Approx. $3-4/serving for 10 meals  Primal Goodness Paleo Workshop: $78.00 + shpg & taxes (Includes 7 Full Size Wildtree Products)

    Each meal serves 4-6 people (If you are cooking for 2-3 people you can split the meals and get 20 meals out of the workshop.) Average Cost of Meal – $3-$4/serving This includes the Wildtree products, bag labels, recipes, inventory sheet & grocery list.This is no extra cost to you – you are simply using 2 weeks worth of your grocery budget to prepare 2 weeks of dinners.  Here’s how it works:

    Step 1:  RSVP to me by Wednesday, June 29, with your payment info (credit card # or check made payable to Kerry Patterson)

    Step 2:  Our Wildtree Rep, Kerry, will email you the grocery list and pre-workshop prep for the above meals.

    Step 3:  Come to the workshop,  July 19th at 7:00 PM with your cooler and prepped bags.  We’ll add the Wildtree products, other ingredients, and have some fun!

    Step 4:  Take your leftover Wildtree products and completed meals home.   Put them in the freezer to pull out on busy nights to come!  EASY!

    Hosted by:  PAK Charlotte When:  Tuesday,  July 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne  Deadline to RSVP:  Wednesday, June 29th Wildtree Products are all natural: No MSG – No High Fructose Corn Syrup – No GMOS – No Chemicals – USDA Certified, Organic

  • Food Allergy Testing Meeting scheduled June 29!

    Food Allergy Testing: An Evidence Based Approach 

    Wednesday, June 29, 7pm

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    Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300 Charlotte 28277

    Dr. Vandana Patel will discuss the use of testing in diagnosis and management of food allergies. Come with your questions! We welcome kids too, while Dr. Patel is speaking there will be games and fun for the kids with the PAK Teens.

    RSVP if on Facebook to https://www.facebook.com/events/480698248803478/

    or info@pakcharlotte.org

  • Lunchbox Makeover Scheduled August 27!

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    When: August 27, 10 - 11 am

    Where:  Southbrook Church 5607 Weddington Rd, Weddington, North Carolina 28104

    What: A fresh look at packing kid's meals! Kathy Thornburg (local blogger) will be sharing ideas for presenting food in new ways and sharing the coolest products to track down to make lunches easy and fun.  Multiple giveaways during the event for those who attend!

    Who: This event is FREE and open to the community. Please feel free to invite your family, friends, neighbors and classmates that are interested in making over their children's lunch boxes!

    RSVP: If on Facebook, RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/events/551543788380376/

    If not on Facebook, please email info@pakcharlotte.org

  • Save the Date: PAK Fundraiser Event July 19

     

    PAK Fundraiser Event SAVE THIS DATE,  Tuesday,  July 19th  7:00 PM!

    You're Invited to an  All-Natural Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop!  Prep 10 healthy, delicious meals to make the next couple weeks a breeze at dinner time!  Wildtree products are made in a peanut-free and gluten-free certified facility.

    The Wildtree products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and there are no tree nuts, soy, fish or shellfish.  You will have control of what you buy for proteins and vegetables. You can contact Kerry at kerrypat@gmail.com to ask individual allergy questions to make sure the products will be safe for your family.

    Watch this fun YouTube video to see what's in store for you:

    Click Here: Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop Video

    Whether you are cooking for 1-2, or cooking for a large family, Join in on my Wildtree Freezer Meal Workshop and maximize your time.  Prep 10 dinners to put in your freezer for all those SHOPPING nights to come!  Simply take out a freezer meal when you head out in the morning and cook it when you get home!  It’s THAT easy!  Approx. $3-4/serving for 10 meals  To Register & for More Details

    Primal Goodness Paleo Workshop: $78.00 + shpg & taxes 

    (Includes 7 Full Size Wildtree Products) These are the suggested recipes, since you provide the meats and veggies, you can substitute any of the meats below per what is safe for your family...

    Adobo Steak Tips

    Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables & Chicken

    Opa! Sausage & Peppers

    Garlic Grilled Fish

    Sautéed Shrimp with Spinach Salad

    Hickory Adobo Chicken

    Mediterranean Country-Style Ribs

    Greek Flank Steak

    Latin Lettuce Wraps

    Salisbury Steak with Gravy

    Any of the proteins can be substituted for a protein your family prefers. If you have frozen proteins in your freezer you can use those instead of buying fresh. You will definitely save money with this meal plan!!

    To Register & for More Details

    Each meal serves 4-6 people (If you are cooking for 2-3 people you can split the meals and get 20 meals out of the workshop.)

    Average Cost of Meal - $3-$4/serving This includes the Wildtree products, bag labels, recipes, inventory sheet & grocery list.

    This is no extra cost to you - you are simply using 2 weeks worth of your grocery budget to prepare 2 weeks of dinners.

    Here's how it works:

    Step 1:  RSVP to me by Wednesday, June 29, with your payment info (credit card # or check made payable to Kerry Patterson)

    Step 2:  Our Wildtree Rep, Kerry, will email you the grocery list and pre-workshop prep for the above meals.

    Step 3:  Come to the workshop,  July 19th at 7:00 PM with your cooler and prepped bags.  We'll add the Wildtree products, other ingredients, and have some fun!

    Step 4:  Take your leftover Wildtree products and completed meals home.   Put them in the freezer to pull out on busy nights to come!  EASY!  To Register & for More Details

    Hosted by:  PAK Charlotte

    When:  Tuesday,  July 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Deadline to RSVP:  Wednesday, June 29th

    Where: South Charlotte near Stonecrest

    Wildtree Products are all natural:

    No MSG - No High Fructose Corn Syrup - No GMOS - No Chemicals - USDA Certified

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  • PAK Meeting Tomorrow!

    Hello! Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm is Parents Night Out: Discussion with Wildtree Representative, Kerry Patterson, for meal planning and PAK fundraiserat Stonecrest Starbucks: 7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, 28277 (In the Target shopping center on the corner of Rea Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway)

    In early next year, we will have a meal planning event with Wildtree Representative, Kerry Patterson. In anticipation of that event, we thought it would be best to meet with her to discuss our dietary needs, questions and concerns to see how they can serve our community with multiple food allergies. Wildtree is a USDA Organic certified company that works out of a Gluten-Free certified and Peanut Free facility. The facility does process coconut oil, but other than that is free of tree nuts as well. There are no preservatives, dyes, GMOs, or fillers in any of our products. They are all low in sodium and low in sugar. We are having a pre-meeting to talk about ways they can help our families to take the stress out of meal or snack time as well as raise funds for our group. We know there are many different levels of dietary restrictions in our group so she is looking forward to working together to come up with the best and safest way to help with meal prep for our families. Her website is www.mywildtree.com/Wildtree4You

    RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

  • FARE Awards PAK with 2 Grants!

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    We are pleased to begin Food Allergy Awareness Week with the news that FARE has awarded our support group 2 incredible grants!

    • The first grant will be for CAMP ROAR this summer and to cover the operating expenses of our group.
    • The second grant will cover activities that will connect our youth through events, workshops, and guided discussions that will continue throughout the year. This will allow our Tween-Teen Council to grow as well!

    We are so excited to be able to offer new and encouraging opportunities for the youth of all ages!

    To learn more about FARE, please go to www.foodallergy.org

    If you haven't already, Click here to sign up for the Charlotte FARE Walk for Food Allergy on October 22, 2016

    Lastly, There is a FARE conference in the southeast coming up next week! Prior to the weekend sessions, will be attending the Support Group Leader Summit to fellowship and gather new ideas for meetings and events that will strengthen our PAK group as we enter our 11th year!  Click here to learn more about the May 14 -15 Conference

    We are always open to ideas for events & meetings...Feel free to email us at info@pakcharlotte.org

    Many thanks, Jodi, Randi & Carrie

  • PAK May News

    We have lots of great news to share...

    • We had an amazing time celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary with you. Such a special day. Appreciate all the volunteers, speakers and sponsors that made it happen! Here is a link to the survey, please take the time to fill out if you were there. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2LXVDQ5 The celebration is not over...
    • Come out this Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM at Vintner Wine Market, 8128 Providence Road Charlotte 28226. Come for a casual night out with fellow PAK parents and some doctors are joining us! We will have some giveaways from the Symposium, like copies of From Emotions to Advocacy which is a must-have when  your child is in school.
    • Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 8 - May 14. A great time to educate and raise awareness in your child's school or to family, neighbors and friends.

    • We will resume formal meetings in August with a brand new meeting topic for us, which will be such a helpful tool as school begins...Lunch Box Clinic with Kathy Thornburg. Stay tuned for more details. Check out her blog... www.kathythornburg.com
    • Don't forget, we do most of our every day discussions on our private Facebook, www.facebook.com/groups/pakcharlotte/

    Thanks for all of your support,

    PAK Coordinators, Jodi, Randi, and Carrie

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  • PAK Symposium & Carnival this Saturday!!!

    Hello! We couldn't be more thrilled to celebrate this coming Saturday, April 30th with all of you. 10 years of supporting each other through diagnosis, testing, food challenges, schools, trying restaurants for the first time, adding new foods,the list goes on and on! Saturday is going to be amazing!

    Here are the details and questions answered...

    Where? St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne (8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte 28277)  at the Parish Center Family Room and Gymnasium.

    When? This Saturday, April 30 from 1  - 5 pm

    What? PAK Education Symposium is a half day conference style event where you can bring your children of ALL ages (birth through high schoolers)! Using the schedule below, come to all, or as many discussions that can fit in your day! While the adults are attending the lectures and discussions, the young children will be participating in carnival style games, arts and crafts, the older children in an age appropriate conference experience as well...

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    How? If you have little ones, they are welcome! If you have toddlers, bring them, Kidz Play Here will be checking in children around 18 months+ (walking age) You will sign in, get a bracelet with a matching numbered ticket. Please remember to bring a cell phone and Photo ID in case you lose your ticket (which is necessary for pick up). They will phone if there is a diaper change as there will not be enough staff to take care of. Please feed your children BEFORE dropping off. Due to the various multiple food allergies, no food will be allowed in the gymnasium. Water only. There will be a break at 3 pm where the parents can get the children and take to a safe area to snack and wash up.

    RSVP on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/512899018914538/ or on Evite http://evite.me/fmsXceuw5T

    Cost? This is a FREE event for the community. We will be collecting donations of  crayons, colored pencils, child scissors, glue sticks for the church's children's ministry. In addition, the PAK TWEEN/TEEN COUNCIL will be collecting for 2 charities they are working with…

    A Child’s Place: They need donations of Sunbutter/Wowbutter/any non nut type spread, they are asking for 100 jars and I know that we can do it! They also need nut free/top 8 free granola bars.

    Ronald McDonald House Charlotte: We will have collection containers...All you have to do is bring your pennies and they will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.

    Any questions, please email the PAK coordinators at info@pakcharlotte.org

    See you soon! Jodi, Randi, and Carrie

     

  • PAK Fundraiser: Allergy Mom Depot

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    ****PAK FUNDRAISER****

    Sunday April 17, 2016 – May 1, 2016

    PAK and Allergy Mom Depot, www.allergymomdepot.com, have teamed up for an exciting fundraising opportunity for PAK! Beginning this Sunday, 4/17/16, purchase an awareness bracelet pictured below, and $5 for every bracelet sold will go directly to PAK!

    ***Follow these PAK fundraising links to purchase***

    1. Teal Ribbon Charm Food Allergy Awareness Bangle:

    http://bit.ly/1VpFuar

    2. Food Allergy and Asthma Awareness Bangle Bracelet:

    http://bit.ly/1TTSwMh

    -->Save on Shipping! Pick yours up at the PAK Symposium Event on 4/30. ORDER BY SUNDAY 4/24. Type “Symposium” in the notes section during checkout.*

    -->Not attending the Symposium? Order your bracelet anytime between 4/17 – 5/1. Orders will be shipped via USPS.

    Questions about ordering or technical issues? Email Allison directly, at allergymomdepot@gmail.com.

    Follow Allergy Mom Depot:

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/allergymomdepot

    Instagram: @allergymomdepot

    Website: http://www.allergymomdepot.com

    Terms:

    -Fundraising products and purchases cannot be combined with any other offer or discount code.

    -The PAK Fundraiser will run April 17, 2016 - May 1, 2016. Donations will be made to PAK on qualified purchases and products. NC tax will apply to all purchases.

    -* You will be credited any shipping charges the week of 5/2/16 following pick up of your item. Any unclaimed orders will be shipped 5/2 and shipping charges will apply.

  • PAK April News

    PAK APRIL NEWS!

    Our biggest event yet is coming up...the PAK 10 Year Anniversary Education Symposium & Carnival!

    Here is a link to the full schedule… https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/paks-april-30th-education-symposium/

    Where? St. Matthew Catholic Church 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte 28277

    When? Saturday, April 30 from 1 pm - 5 pm

    Who? This event is FREE to the entire community. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, school faculty.

    You can bring your children and learn at the same time….

    How? We will have numerous organized activities to educate and entertain our young kids, preteens and teenagers. The classrooms are right across from the gymnasium one doorway away.

    We are so grateful for the following practices that have supported PAK all these years and will educate our community on this day with talks such as: Food Allergy 101, Testing, EoE, Preparing for college, and so much more...

    AAIR of Charlotte, Allergy & Asthma Care of Blakeney, Allergy & Asthma Center of Lake Norman,  Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA, Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center, Charlotte Medical Clinic- Allergy and Immunology, Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care PLUS 2 special guests Dr. Edwin Kim giving a food allergy study update from UNC Chapel Hill and Lynn Heun from FARE discussing protecting our kids in the school setting.

    No food will be allowed in the area of the Symposium. There will be a 20 minute break, step out to the cars for a quick snack if needed, then wash up afterwards. Still looking for more Teen Ambassadors to fellowship with the younger kids at the last segment of the day. Email info@pakcharlotte.org if interested

    What to bring?   The event is FREE, but we are asking for some donations…

    Child scissors, crayons, glue sticks, colored pencils for St. Matthew Catholic Church (our space for event was free for our group, so we would love to be able to give them a donation to help their ministry)

    The PAK teen council members are collecting jars of Sunbutter/Wowbutter or any other nut free spread for A Child’s Place. They have told us that they need 100 jars. They are also in need of nut free/top 8 free granola bars. The teen council is also collecting pennies for the Charlotte Ronald McDonald house. Please bring your donations to the Symposium!

    Stay tuned for May Events and Activities… Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 8-14! 

  • Calling all teens...

    Calling all Teens and Teen Siblings that are wonderful protectors of their younger brothers and sisters.... At the April 30th Symposium we would love to have you as TEEN AMBASSADORS... From 1 - 3 the Teens will be involved in activities but after the break at 3:30 pm to 5 pm, the Teens become AMBASSADORS to fellowship the younger kids, play games, activities, read books. Please email info@pakcharlotte.org if you have a teen that is interested in this amazing opportunity for community service (we can sign for hours for your high school)

  • CAMP ROAR: Few more spaces left...

    CAMP UPDATE! It is not too late to sign up for CAMP ROAR...There is a few more spaces if anyone is interested... 2016 CAMP ROAR July 4 - July 8, 2016 hosted by The Food Allergy Institute!

    Please email the below responses to rdurban@asthmanc.com. Submissions of interest form will be time stamped and camp acceptance will be based on first come, first serve.

    1. Participants name:

    2. Participants date of birth (mm/dd/yr):

    3. Grade level for 2016-2017:

    4. Food allergy/medical diagnosis

    5. Would you like to attend?

    a. Name/age:

    b. Name/age:

    6. Guardian/Parent name:

    7. Email address

    8. Phone number:

    You will be notified as soon as possible that you have been accepted to camp (acceptance of siblings will occur on this date too). Registration packets will need to be completed and post marked by April 8, 2016 with the $25 fee per attendee enclosed and mailed to:

    Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA

    Attn: Raquel Durban

    8045 Providence Road

    Suite 300

    Charlotte, NC 28277

    Here is the information:

    We are so pleased to announce that the Food Allergy Institute will be partnering with PAK for another great CAMP ROAR! We will also be applying for a FARE grant to support extra fun for our campers.

    Summer Youth Camp: Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8, 9am-12:00pm (Cost: $25 per child) Pineville United Methodist Church 110 S. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134. This will be a drop-off camp for rising Kindergartners (5 years of age, on or before 8/31) through rising 8th graders. We will split into three age groups. We will secure a food allergy savvy nurse to serve as a volunteer. The campers will not know he/she is a nurse.

    During camp, youth will have the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities such as arts/crafts and outdoor activities. Children will also participate in a variety of team building and group activities designed to encourage interaction with other food allergic youth. Topics covered during camp will vary based on demographics and needs of the group. Activities and small group discussions during camp will be centered around the topics below although these will likely vary based on the needs of the group.

    Food Allergies 101, Challenges of Living with Food Allergies, Food allergies at home, school, camp, restaurants, etc., Food allergies in families, with friends, etc., Food allergies in the future, Facing the Challenge, Recognizing current strengths and resources, Tools and strategies to assist with these challenges, including: Peer and family relationships, Teasing/bulling, Stress and anxiety, Self management, Self advocacy

  • Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event this Saturday!

    The Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event is THIS SATURDAY, April 2! They have lots of great vendors and speakers. PAK will be there doing fun activities with the kids. Hope to see you there!

    Here is the event info...

    April 2, 2016

    10 am - 4 pm

    Oasis Shriner Auditorium

    604 Doug Mayes Place

    Charlotte, NC 28262

    $10 per Adult

    Children under 13 are FREE to enter

    $8 Military or Senior with ID (only at door)

    http://gfafwellnesspresentations.blogspot.com/

    or check out on Facebook...

    https://www.facebook.com/events/988815227866023/ 

     

  • Camp ROAR Interest Form

    Interest Form for Camp ROAR 2016- July 4 - July 8, 2016

    Please  copy and paste the below form with the responses to rdurban@asthmanc.com. Submissions of interest form will be time stamped and camp acceptance will be based on first come, first serve.

    1. Participants name:

    2. Participants date of birth (mm/dd/yr):

    3. Grade level for 2016-2017:

    4. Food allergy/medical diagnosis

    5. Would you like to attend?

    a. Name/age:

    b. Name/age:

    6. Guardian/Parent name:

    7. Email address

    8. Phone number:

    You will be notified by March 24, 2016 that you have been accepted to camp (acceptance of siblings will occur on this date too). Registration packets will need to be completed and post marked by April 8, 2016 with the $25 fee per attendee enclosed and mailed to:

    Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA

    Attn: Raquel Durban

    8045 Providence Road

    Suite 300

    Charlotte, NC 28277

    Thank you so much for your interest in  Camp ROAR!

    Here is the original post with all the information on the camp...

    We are so pleased to announce that the Food Allergy Institute will be partnering with PAK for another great CAMP ROAR! We will also be applying for a FARE grant to support extra fun for our campers.

    *** An interest form for this camp that you will submit via email will be posted on the Food Allergy Institute website and Facebook page, PAK Charlotte Facebook and Blog at 9am on Thursday, March 17. There are limited spots in camp that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the form is the first step to register. Applications will be time stamped. Once the spots are full, children will be placed on a waiting list based on the time of completing the form. There will be a place to express interest in siblings attending, that will be available based on space***

    Summer Youth Camp: Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8, 9am-12:00pm (Cost: $25 per child) Pineville United Methodist Church 110 S. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134. This will be a drop-off camp for rising Kindergartners (5 years of age, on or before 8/31) through rising 8th graders. We will split into three age groups. We will secure a food allergy savvy nurse to serve as a volunteer. The campers will not know he/she is a nurse.

    During camp, youth will have the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities such as arts/crafts and outdoor activities. Children will also participate in a variety of team building and group activities designed to encourage interaction with other food allergic youth. Topics covered during camp will vary based on demographics and needs of the group. Activities and small group discussions during camp will be centered around the topics below although these will likely vary based on the needs of the group.

    Food Allergies 101, Challenges of Living with Food Allergies, Food allergies at home, school, camp, restaurants, etc., Food allergies in families, with friends, etc., Food allergies in the future, Facing the Challenge, Recognizing current strengths and resources, Tools and strategies to assist with these challenges, including: Peer and family relationships, Teasing/bulling, Stress and anxiety, Self management, Self advocacy

  • PAK April 30 Symposium Schedule is here!

    Good morning! We are pleased to attach the schedule for PAK’s 10th Anniversary Community Education & Carnival Event. It will be held on Saturday, April 30th 1:00 – 5:00 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne (8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte 28277)  at the Parish Center Family Room and Gymnasium. This free event is for the entire family! 

    Here is a link to the schedule... https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k2j8DA_EILjYCqqddQuKtnoTzKgT19TEBzT-ENeVQ6M/edit?usp=sharing

    To help better plan for this event (handouts, volunteers, etc), RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/464003850467870/ or on Evite http://evite.me/fmsXceuw5T

    Thanks so much! PAK Coordinators

    PS Keep your eye out for the Camp Roar interest document coming out at 9 am today!

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  • Camp documents coming this Thursday!

    REMINDER: We are so pleased to announce that the Food Allergy Institute will be partnering with PAK for another great CAMP ROAR! We will also be applying for a FARE grant to support extra fun for our campers.

    *** An interest form for this camp that you will submit via email will be posted on the Food Allergy Institute website and Facebook page, PAK Charlotte Facebook and Blog at 9am on Thursday, March 17. There are limited spots in camp that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the form is the first step to register. Applications will be time stamped. Once the spots are full, children will be placed on a waiting list based on the time of completing the form. There will be a place to express interest in siblings attending, that will be available based on space***

    Summer Youth Camp: Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8, 9am-12:00pm (Cost: $25 per child) Pineville United Methodist Church 110 S. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134. This will be a drop-off camp for rising Kindergartners (5 years of age, on or before 8/31) through rising 8th graders. We will split into three age groups. We will secure a food allergy savvy nurse to serve as a volunteer. The campers will not know he/she is a nurse.

    During camp, youth will have the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities such as arts/crafts and outdoor activities. Children will also participate in a variety of team building and group activities designed to encourage interaction with other food allergic youth. Topics covered during camp will vary based on demographics and needs of the group. Activities and small group discussions during camp will be centered around the topics below although these will likely vary based on the needs of the group.

    Food Allergies 101, Challenges of Living with Food Allergies, Food allergies at home, school, camp, restaurants, etc., Food allergies in families, with friends, etc., Food allergies in the future, Facing the Challenge, Recognizing current strengths and resources, Tools and strategies to assist with these challenges, including: Peer and family relationships, Teasing/bulling, Stress and anxiety, Self management, Self advocacy

  • Asthma & Allergy Discussion Thursday, March 10!

    Reminder for an asthma & seasonal allergy discussion, Tomorrow, Thursday, March 10...There is a new support group in town for asthma and seasonal allergies, Charlotte Supports Asthma & Allergies! Their first official meeting is coming up soon…

    Date and Time: March 10, 2016 at 5:30pm

    Location: Asthma & Allergy Specialists

    8045 Providence Road, Suite 300

    Charlotte, NC 28277

    Charlotte Supports Asthma and Allergies wants to show you how to manage your asthma and allergy symptoms during the harsh spring season. We would like to offer you advice on how you can avoid outdoor triggers and help you update your Asthma Action Plan! Bring Your Family, Bring Your Friends and let’s have some FUN!

  • PAK March News

    Hello! Here are some great things happening this spring...

    PAK Parents Night Out: Planning Symposium & Newly Diagnosed Family Chat

    Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 pm Starbucks in the Stonecrest Shopping Center (Off Ballantyne Commons and Rea Road)  7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

    This will be a casual parent chit chat. The co-leaders will be planning the 10 Year Anniversary Educational Symposium on April 30. After, will talk with newly diagnosed families and anybody who wants to chat. Hope you can join us!

    We have added more to the April 30th Family Educational Symposium... Check it out

    https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/paks-april-30th-education-symposium/

    RSVP on  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/464003850467870/

    or on Evite http://evite.me/fmsXceuw5T

    The Food Allergy Institute Camp ROAR Reminder: July 4-8 Week *** A google doc form for this camp will be posted on the Food Allergy Institute website and facebook page, PAK Charlotte Facebook and Blog at 9am on Thursday, March 17. There are limited spots in camp that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the google doc form is the first step to register. Applications will be time stamped. Once the spots are full, children will be placed on a waiting list based on the time of completing the google doc. *

    The Food Allergy Institute has been selected as a site for an EoE study. If you are interested in additional details, please contact Gwyn Gibson with Clinical Research of Charlotte at 980-999-2054 or ggibson@crcharlotte.com

     

  • Food Allergy Camp Update!

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    Hello!

    We are so pleased to announce that the Food Allergy Institute will be partnering with PAK for another great CAMP ROAR! We will also be applying for a FARE grant to support extra fun for our campers.

    Summer Youth Camp: Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8, 9am-12:00pm (Cost: $25 per child) Pineville United Methodist Church 110 S. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134. This will be a drop-off camp for rising Kindergartners (5 years of age, on or before 8/31) through rising 8th graders. We will split into three age groups.  We will secure a food allergy savvy nurse to serve as a volunteer. The campers will not know he/she is a nurse.

    During camp, youth will have the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities such as arts/crafts and outdoor activities. Children will also participate in a variety of team building and group activities designed to encourage interaction with other food allergic youth. Topics covered during camp will vary based on demographics and needs of the group. Activities and small group discussions during camp will be centered around the topics below although these will likely vary based on the needs of the group.

    Food Allergies 101

    Challenges of Living with Food Allergies

    Food allergies at home, school, camp, restaurants, etc.

    Food allergies in families, with friends, etc.

    Food allergies in the future

    Facing the Challenge

    Recognizing current strengths and resources

    Tools and strategies to assist with these challenges, including:

    Peer and family relationships

    Teasing/bulling

    Stress and anxiety

    Self management

    Self advocacy

    *** A google doc form for this camp will be posted on the Food Allergy Institute website and facebook page, PAK Charlotte Facebook and Blog at 9am on Thursday, March 17. There are limited spots in camp that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the google doc form is the first step to register. Applications will be time stamped. Once the spots are full, children will be placed on a waiting list based on the time of completing the google doc. *

  • New Support Group for Asthma & Seasonal Allergies!

    There is a new support group in town for asthma and seasonal allergies, Charlotte Supports Asthma & Allergies! Their first official meeting is coming up soon...

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    Date and Time: March 10, 2016 at 5:30pm

    Location: Asthma & Allergy Specialists

    8045 Providence Road, Suite 300

    Charlotte, NC 28277

     

    Charlotte Supports Asthma and Allergies wants to show you how to manage your asthma and allergy symptoms during the harsh spring season. We would like to offer you advice on how you can avoid outdoor triggers and help you update your Asthma Action Plan! Bring Your Family, Bring Your Friends and let’s have some FUN!

  • Family Game Night Tonight, Feb 23

    Hello! Tonight's event is a great opportunity for our kids of all ages to get together and for the parents to have a chance to ask each other questions and visit as well...

    game night

    Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte’s GAME NIGHT is TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at 8045 Providence Rd, Ste 300, Charlotte, 28277

    Bring your games, family and friends for a fun get together! No food will be allowed or served. There will be water available.

    We also want to let you know about a fundraiser to help PAK continue to provide community events...

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    JoAnn's Florist & Gifts for PAK Fundraiser We have teamed up with this wonderful local florist. She is going to make up large teal bows that we can purchase to put on our mailboxes to raise food allergy awareness. They will be $10. $5 will go the florist and $5 will go to PAK! You can buy for yourself, your neighbor, your school, the possibilities are endless.

    All you have to do is purchase your bow by April 25th and pick it up at the April 30th Symposium.

    Email info@pakcharlotte to place your order. Please put bow in the subject line with how many you would like to purchase. We will then reply and tell you where to send your check to.  Thank you for supporting PAK! 

    Last but not least, keep an eye out on the PAK's 10th Anniversary Symposium & Carnival webpage, We have added a ton of great lectures/roundtables/activities for the event on Saturday, April 30th, 1 pm - 5 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne...

    https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/paks-april-30th-education-symposium/

    Thanks and hope to see you soon,

    Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

     

  • FARE Walk Committee Forming!!!

    Here's more details on the FARE Walk Volunteer Roles for fall 2016...

    FARE is gearing up for the 2016 FARE Walk for Food Allergy – Charlotte!

    Through your support and generosity, FARE continues to drive the advancement of food allergy research in order to change – and save – lives.  Check out Your Donations at Work in 2015 to see the incredible impact you are making!

    We’re currently in the early stages of planning for this year’s Charlotte Walk which will take place this fall (date TBD).  We’re working on building our 2016 Walk Committee and welcome interested individuals to join us.  This is a fun group that works cohesively to plan an amazing day!

    Below are roles we would like to have additional support in:

    Media & Publicity Volunteer(s):  Lead media relations and identify individuals for the committee who can help FARE gain media exposure in the community.  Distribute FARE produced press releases and media advisories.  Work to set-up radio and television interviews and confirm media attendance at the event, as well as post the event on local calendar listings in newspapers, blog, radio stations, etc.

    Recruitment Volunteer(s):  Visit support groups, allergists, and businesses to promote the Walk and help increase the number of walk teams and walker participation.  All committee members can assist in recruitment of teams.

    Sponsorship Volunteer(s):  Work with your FARE Walk Manager to identify, contact, and secure corporations and businesses in the community to sponsor the Walk.

    Volunteer Recruitment & Management Volunteer(s):  Recruit and manage volunteers for Walk Day.  Provide information prior to the Walk and assign duties.

    Day-Of Entertainment Volunteer(s):  Arrange and secure “walk around” entertainment for Walk Day, such as DJ/music, kid’s activities, etc., along with equipment rentals (tables, chairs, tents, bouncy slide, etc.).

    If interested in joining the Walk Committee or for more information, please email me at achaney@foodallergy.org.

    Stay tuned for many more Walk details and the website opening up soon.  We look forward to a record breaking year!

    Thanks for all you do Charlotte!

  • Important PAK News: Epinephrine Administration & EMS

    Dear PAK Members,

    At the most recent North Carolina Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society Meeting data was presented from researchers at Wake Forest University regarding epinephrine administration to pediatric patients by EMS (first responders) who met the definition of anaphylaxis. The data was for the entire state of North Carolina gathered between 2010 and 2013. There were 504 total patients, 471 who met the criteria for anaphylaxis. Alarmingly, only 157 of these pediatric patients (33%) received epinephrine prior to transport to the Emergency Department. It appeared that age < 7 y.o. was associated with NOT receiving epinephrine despite meeting criteria for anaphylaxis.

    They do not have any data yet on adverse outcomes. I am working with them to obtain specific data from Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lancaster, York, Union, and Gaston counties.

    Please rest assured that we have begun attempts to provide education on appropriate anaphylaxis management to EMS workers in our surrounding counties. We will continue and strengthen this effort! Please contact me at drcaicedo@aairofcharlotte.com if you would like to assist with this effort or have any EMS stories to relay that would help with our effort!

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Caicedo, MD

    American Academy of Pediatrics North Carolina Medical Home Chapter Champion of Asthma, Allergy, and Anaphylaxis

    Vice President, North Carolina Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society

  • PAK February News

    Hello! Tonight's event is a great opportunity for our kids of all ages to get together and for the parents to have a chance to ask each other questions and visit as well...

    game night

    Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte’s GAME NIGHT is TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at 8045 Providence Rd, Ste 300, Charlotte, 28277

    Bring your games, family and friends for a fun get together! No food will be allowed or served. There will be water available.

    We also want to let you know about a fundraiser to help PAK continue to provide community events...

    20160201_1553431

    JoAnn's Florist & Gifts for PAK Fundraiser We have teamed up with this wonderful local florist. She is going to make up large teal bows that we can purchase to put on our mailboxes to raise food allergy awareness. They will be $10. $5 will go the florist and $5 will go to PAK! You can buy for yourself, your neighbor, your school, the possibilities are endless.

    All you have to do is purchase your bow by April 25th and pick it up at the April 30th Symposium.

    Email info@pakcharlotte to place your order. Please put bow in the subject line with how many you would like to purchase. We will then reply and tell you where to send your check to.  Thank you for supporting PAK! 

    Last but not least, keep an eye out on the PAK's 10th Anniversary Symposium & Carnival webpage, We have added a ton of great lectures/roundtables/activities for the event on Saturday, April 30th, 1 pm - 5 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Ballantyne...

    https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/paks-april-30th-education-symposium/

    Thanks and hope to see you soon,

    Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

     

  • Reminder BeYoga Night & Teen Planning this Friday!

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    PAK Yoga & Teen Planning Night- Friday, February 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Be Yoga-South 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte, NC 28226  Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate (Kindergarten age and up). Please bring your own mat or towel.

    The Tween/Teen Council will be discussing 2016 events in the waiting room.

    To attend: Please email your name and ages of all attending to: info@pakcharlotte.org

    A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids)

  • PAK News

    Hello, Wanted to share the two links to the evite and Facebook event for the PAK 10th Anniversary Education Symposium on Saturday, April 30, 1-5pm at St. Matthew in Ballantyne. Please RSVP to either as it will help us plan better. Thanks!

    http://evite.me/fmsXceuw5T or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/512899018914538/

    We had a great first planning session...

    This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY! PAK is celebrating 10 years of our support group in the Charlotte region, connecting families with allergy and anaphylaxis, community outreach, education, and forming everlasting friendships.

    Allergists from AAIR of Charlotte, Allergy & Asthma Care of Blakeney, Allergy & Asthma Center of Lake Norman, Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA, Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center, Charlotte Medical Clinic- Allergy and Immunology, Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care will provide lectures and roundtable discussions with topics covering:

    Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis 101, Diagnostic Testing, Debunking Myths, School Management, Nutrition and Healthy Substitutes, EoE, FPIES

    Study updates from UNC Chapel Hill

    Science of food allergy for all ages: for toddlers through high school

    PAK Teen Council “Food Allergy Ambassadors”

    Kidz Play Here providing games and staff

    Be Yoga activities

    Food allergy book readings, and so much more…

    Volunteers and “food allergy ambassadors” will be on hand to assist with the younger children during the lecture portion of the afternoon. We will be in the Gymnasium and Family Room as we have a jammed packed fun afternoon of education and carnival activities. Stay tuned as we will post a formal agenda soon.

    MESSAGE FROM TEEN COUNCIL:

    We would like to pay it forward and do good things for some local charities and we need your help. The symposium/carnival is free but we are asking for donations as follows...

    Ronald McDonald House Charlotte: We will have collection containers at the event on April 30th. All you have to do is bring your pennies and they will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. I will put a link for more information in the comments. You can collect your pennies at home, your schools, your houses of worship, the possibilities are endless!  http://www.rmhofcharlotte.org/.../pennies-for-playtime

    A Child's Place: They need donations of Sunbutter/Wowbutter/any non nut type spread, they are asking for 100 jars and I know that we can do it! They also need nut free/top 8 free granola bars. You can also ask your schools, houses of worship etc to collect items also. All you have to do is collect them and bring them on April 30th! http://www.achildsplace.org

  • More PAK Events scheduled!

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    PAK Yoga & Teen Planning Night- Friday, February 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at Be Yoga-South 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte, NC 28226

    Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate (Kindergarten age and up). Please bring your own mat or towel.

    The Tween/Teen Council will be discussing 2016 events in the waiting room.

    To attend: Please email your name and ages of all attending to: info@pakcharlotte.org

    A donation of 5$ per family is requested but not required. (checks payable to Parents of Allergic Kids)

  • PAK Parents Night Out Scheduled!

    PAK Parents Night Out- Thursday, January 21, 6:30 pm at the Stonecrest Starbucks 7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

    This will be a casual parent chit chat. The co-leaders will be planning the Symposium, gathering ideas and suggestions for the 10 Year Anniversary Educational Symposium on April 30. Hope you can join us!

  • Save the Date! PAK 10 Year Anniversary Educational Symposium!

    SAVE THE DATE! PAK's 10 year Anniversary Celebration Educational Symposium will be on Saturday, April 30 afternoon, 1 pm - 5 pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church (8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte 28277) We will be in the Gymnasium and Family Room as we have a jammed packed fun afternoon of education and carnival activities. This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY! Our local allergists will be leading round table discussions on various topics such as testing, anaphylaxis management, newly diagnosed q&a, study updates from Chapel Hill, and much more. There will also be appropriate topics for all ages and stages broken down Ages 5-7, 8-12, and high school. Feel free to email info@pakcharlotte.org with your ideas and suggestions to make this the best Educational Symposium it can be. We welcome any and all input! Thank you!!! Jodi, Randi, and Carrie, PAK Coordinators

  • Holiday Cooking Tips with Raquel Durban PLUS Game Night December 1st!

  • PAK Epinephrine Training This Tuesday, Nov 17 at Davidson Library

    Reminder for the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Training coming up THIS TUESDAY!!!  November 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

    Davidson Public Library

    119 S Main St, Davidson, North Carolina 28036

    In the wake of the AuviQ recall, this will be a get together to train and practice with our epinephrine devices. We will also discuss our experiences using epinephrine. There will be plenty of trainers, zero co-pay cards and educational information. Children welcome. (We did this last week in Matthews and it was great to see our kids practice as well, this is beneficial for the whole family!)

    Hope you can join us!

  • Holiday Cooking Tips with Raquel Durban PLUS Game Night December 1st!

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    Holiday Cooking Tips with Raquel Durban, MS, RD, CSP, LDN PLUS Game Night! 

    Tuesday, December 1, 7 pm                                                                                          Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte Arboratum Location                                        8045 Providence Rd, Ste 300 Charlotte 28277

    The holidays seem centered around food. Let’s get together and celebrate the season learning about allergy friendly substitutes, recipes and meals that will please everyone.

    Let us know any tips that you are specifically interested in by emailing info@pakcharlotte.org

    While parents have a discussion about holiday cooking with Raquel Durban, our kids, pre-teens and teens will get together for a GAME NIGHT! Food allergic pre-teens and teens and their siblings ages 6+ will get together for an array of activities, i.e. charades, board games, puzzles…This will also be an opportunity for the Tween-Teen Council to plan next year's events!

    (This is not a drop off event, parents must stay) Water only will be served. You do not have to have a child attending the Game Night in order to go. In addition, if your children are attending the Game Night, you must stay as well.

  • PAK Epinephrine Auto Injector Training Two parts of Town This Month!

  • PAK Epinephrine Auto Injector Training Two parts of Town This Month!

    In the wake of the AuviQ recall, this will be a get together to train and practice with our epinephrine devices. We will also discuss our experiences using epinephrine. There will be plenty of trainers, zero co-pay cards and educational information. Children welcome.

    Please note we have two locations for this event on two different dates...

    Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 pm

    Matthews Library

    230 Matthews Station St, Matthews, North Carolina 28105

    AND

    Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 - 7:30

    Davidson Public Library

    119 S Main St, Davidson, North Carolina 28036

    Hope you can join us! :) Jodi, Randi, Carrie

  • FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY IS TODAY!!!

    Today is the day....The 10th Anniversary FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY!!! This afternoon!!! 1:00 registration, and all activities begin, The Walk will start at 2:30 at Park Road Park. Please note this is a NEW LOCATION, It's at PARK ROAD PARK 6220 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210 Near Picnic Shelters 1 & 2

    This is a huge celebration of 10 years of the Walk being in Charlotte! With a Fall Festival/Halloween Theme, AAIR of Charlotte: Signature Sponsor, Charlotte Medical Clinic: Community Partners Sponsor, Publix at the Event Champions Sponsor

    Come in Costume, everyone dressed up will get a participation certificate plus a prize to the first place winner

    Skeeter Photo Booth

    MC Jason Stoogenke with WSOC

    McKenzie Meyer singing our national anthem

    Asthma & Allergy Specialists providing a super hero cape craft

    Performance by the Giving Arts Dance Project will warm us up for the Walk by teaching us "The Food Allergy Walk", a country line dance to Kyle Dine's Friend in You

    Trick or treating for non food goodies at game stations: ring toss, bean bag, dart game

    Teal Pumpkin decorating

    Limbo, sack races, relay races, temporary tattoo station

    Elle Riley Photography providing event photos plus donating the treat bags for each child

    PAK’s Got Talent Show featuring children of our PAK families entertaining while activities are going on prior to the Walk around the beautiful pond

    Live Music by Charles Trotter and Charlotte Academy of Music

    Obstacle course by Bouncehouseman

    Soccer by Soccer Shots

    Karen Williams w/ AAIR doing yoga activities

    And much much more...

  • Auvi-Q Recall Please read if you carry this brand of epinephrine

    Please read from the following link on the Auvi Q Website about a recall of their devices... https://www.auvi-q.com/

  • FARE Walk for Food Allergy Map of Park Road Park

    Hello again! We wanted to send the link to the map of where the FARE Walk for Food Allergy will be this Saturday, October 31, at 1:00 pm... Walk will be by Picnic Shelters 1 & 2 nearest the Closeburn Road entrance.

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    And here is the link to create a team (whether you are attending the Walk or would like to create a team to fund raise)

    www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2015 

    Look forward to seeing you in a couple days!!!

    :) Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

  • FARE Walk for Food Allergy this Saturday!!!!

    The FARE Walk for Food Allergy will be this Saturday, October 31, 1:00 registration, activities begin, The Walk will start at 2:30 at Park Road Park. Please note this is a NEW LOCATION, It's at PARK ROAD PARK 6220 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210  FARE is the organization that supports our local support group by giving us grants for EMT training, Camps, Educational Events, our operating expenses to name a few...It's not too late to sign up and create a team.  http://www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2015

    Couple reminders:

    • Kids (and parents too) can dress up in costume
    • It is at PARK RD PARK this year (for the last 5+ years it has been at Freedom Park, but this year it is at Park Rd. Park)
    • Teal Pumpkin Reschedule: Logistically, painting large pumpkins would be difficult, so we have pre painted foam pumpkins that are smaller and more manageable at an event like this. Plus Tracie Snyder has kindly offered to bring wooden teal pumpkins as another opportunity for teal pumpkin painting.
    • PAK Talent Show will begin at 1:30, come and support these amazing PAK kids as they sing, dance, and play instruments. Bonus... AAIR of Charlotte staff will be doing a skit!!!

  • FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY LIST OF ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT 10/31

    Here is the list of activities and entertainment thus far....The FARE Walk for Food Allergy will be Saturday, October 31, 1:00 registration, activities begin, The Walk will start at 2:30 at Park Road Park. Please note this is a NEW LOCATION, It's at PARK ROAD PARK 6220 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

    This is a huge celebration of 10 years of the Walk being in Charlotte! With a Fall Festival/Halloween Theme, AAIR of Charlotte: Signature Sponsor, Charlotte Medical Clinic: Community Partners Sponsor, Publix at the Event Champions Sponsor

    • Come in Costume, everyone dressed up will get a participation certificate plus a prize to the first place winner
    • Skeeter Photo Booth
    • Karen Williams w/ AAIR doing yoga activities
    • Asthma & Allergy Specialists providing a super hero cape craft
    • Performance by the Giving Arts Dance Project will warm us up for the Walk by teaching us "The Food Allergy Walk", a country line dance to Kyle Dine's Friend in You
    • Trick or treating for non food goodies at game stations: ring toss, bean bag, dart game
    • Teal Pumpkin decorating
    • Limbo, sack races, relay races, temporary tattoo station
    • Elle Riley Photography providing event photos plus donating the treat bags for each child
    • PAK’s Got Talent Show featuring children of our PAK families entertaining while activities are going on prior to the Walk around the beautiful pond
    • Live Music by Charles Trotter and Charlotte Academy of Music
    • Obstacle course by Bouncehouseman
    • Soccer by Soccer Shots
    • And much much more...

  • PAK October Newsletter plus Saturday's Teal Pumpkin Weather Update

    Hello! Here is the link to the PAK October newsletter...

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    Due to severe inclement weather, all locations of the PAK Teal Pumpkin Takeover will be postponed until Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm at Park Rd. Park at our FARE Walk for Food Allergy. If you haven't already signed up, here is the link for this event... www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2015

  • 10th Anniversary Charlotte FARE Walk for Food Allergy!

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    FARE WALK UPDATE! The FARE Walk for Food Allergy will be Saturday, October 31, 1:00 registration, activities begin, The Walk will start at 2:30 at Park Road Park. This is a huge celebration of 10 years of the Walk being in Charlotte! With a Fall Festival/Halloween Theme, trick or treating for non food goodies, music, sports, arts and crafts, PAK's Got Talent Show, Skeeter Photo Booth, etc... Charlotte has a goal of 100 teams. We are at 22 teams to date. With 700+ PAK Members, I know we can reach that goal! Here is the link to create a team for your family to raise funds and awareness for Food Allergy Research and Education www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2015 Even if you can’t come the day of, please still create your team and share with all your family and friends virtually. 

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@pakcharlotte.org

    Thanks for all of your support,  PAK Coordinators Jodi, Randi, & Carrie

  • Teal Pumpkin Painting Fundraiser for FARE Coming Up!

    Pumpkin Painting Party Fundraiser for FARE on Sat., September 26, 2015, 4:00 to 7:00 PM

    Plaza Baptist, 3321 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205

    Rebecca W. is hosting a get together to raise awareness and funds for FARE.You must register at the eventbrite website to secure your space and pick out the pumpkin you are painting.  Deadline is September 18 so they can prepare materials.

    Here is the link to the Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pumpkin-painting-party-fundraiser-for-fare-tickets-18213186130?ref=enivte001&invite=ODMxNDg2Ni9iZWNjYS53YWxrZUBnbWFpbC5jb20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitemodernv2&utm_term=eventpage

    Here is a link to the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1457914367848559/

  • FARE Walk for Food Allergy Planning Committee Welcoming Additional Support

    Planning for the 10th Anniversary of the Charlotte FARE Walk is underway! The Walk program is successful because of volunteers and we are looking for a few volunteers to help with our Entertainment Committee and Chairing the Walk! The Entertainment Committee is charged with helping plan activities for the Kid’s Zone area as well as for the overall walk (ie DJ, games, activities, etc). If you are interested in making the 2015 FARE Walk the best one yet by helping with the Entertainment Committee, please email Kari Nesbitt at knesbitt@foodallergy.org.

  • PAK September Newsletter

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    Hello! We are super excited about all the upcoming events that raise awareness for food allergies all over our city. Here is a link to the newsletter...

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    Please check our website, https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/upcoming-meetings-events/  as we are adding Teal Pumpkin Events every day and there may be one in your area!

    Also as the school year begins, if you need helpful tips navigating the school process, please see our "Managing Food Allergies in School" page on our website...

    https://pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/managing-allergies-in-school/ 

    Many thanks for all of your support,

    PAK Coordinators

  • PAK'S GOT TALENT at the FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY

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    We are excited to announce a super cool opportunity for our kids at the FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY on Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm... We have attached the flyer with all the details and sign up form on the PAK'S GOT TALENT SHOW! Before the Walk ceremony begins at 2:30, our kids are going to perform the many talents they have, i.e. display their artwork, singing, instruments, juggling, acting, poetry, rock band, karate...We know our kids are so much more than their food allergies...They can have an opportunity to share with their fellow allergy friends all things they can do. Please click on this link for the pdf with all the details and sign up form... PAKsGotTalentForm

    Many Thanks! PAK Coordinators

  • FARE/AAIR Food Allergy Symposium New Line Up August 29!

    Saturday, August 29, 10 AM at Imaginon Library- Round Room, 300 E. 7th Street Charlotte 28202

    Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief (AAIR) cordially invite the Charlotte food allergy community to attend a morning of education.  This FREE educational event will engage a panel of allergists and other medical professionals to provide food allergy education and tools for living a “safer life” with food allergies. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from food allergy experts about keeping our kids safe while creating a  supportive community.

    Topic One – FoodAllergy 101/Nutrition and Reading Food Labels – Dr. Maeve O’Connor, MD FACAAI FAAAAI FACP and Sandra West, CNP AADP CGP Integrative Nutrition Practitioner

    Topic Two – What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School – Gina Clowes, National Director of Education, FARE

    Topic Three – Working with Your Allergist on 504 Plans – Dr. Jennifer Caicedo, AAIR

    Topic Four – Anaphylaxis/Administering Epinephrine Auto Injectors – Dr. Ekta Shah, Carolina Medical Clinic; Allergy and Immunology

    RSVP TODAY to reserve your seat. Space is limited! To RSVP, email jsteiner@foodallergy.org

    Doors open at 10 am, Come early to mingle and meet others and chat with the speakers and food allergy vendors. General session will begin at 10:20. Relevant for anyone who has contact with children with food allergies including but not limited to parents, teachers, caregivers, nurses, aides, doctors, food service employees, friends of food allergy families. These sessions are open to all school districts, all are welcome!

    Following the topics, they will have a Q/A, ask the experts session!

  • PAK Teal Pumpkin Event Throughout Our City!

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    PAK members are hosting a TEAL PUMPKIN EVENT on Saturday, October 3, 10 am….Throughout the city, our members will host at parks and pumpkin patches for our kids to paint pumpkins TEAL for food allergy awareness. So far, we are doing them in Davidson, Huntersville, Fort Mill, Wesley Chapel, and checking into some patches. We need more locations! If you would like to host at a location near you here is some information about it...

    PAK can reimburse up to 10$ per site for paints and brushes (save receipts). We did this last year and it didn’t cost that much to purchase a teal bottle of paint and brushes at craft store like AC Moore, Michaels, Hobby Lobby (Coupons online)

    All hosts must provide an email address to gather RSVPs for your location. Contact the PAK Coordinators at info@pakcharlotte.org as soon as you have the location set, the sooner the better, so we can advertise ALL the events at once.

    If you host at a park,

    a) please make sure there is a sufficient area to paint the pumpkins (tables or a place to lay down some plastic tablecloths).

    b) members can bring their own pumpkins and you would just provide the paints and brushes.

    c) arrive early to make sure the area is free of any allergy triggers.

    If you would like to do it at a pumpkin patch or farmers market, please gather information on

    a) cost of entry or pumpkin prices

    b) if they have food items like nut bins or serve ice cream, can they provide our group with a “pumpkin only” area?

    c) availability of restrooms

    If you contact media, let us know which station or paper as we have many contacts from previous events and don’t want to duplicate efforts.

    Thank you all so much for making this a fun event for our kids to fellowship with each other and an amazing learning opportunity for our community!

    Check out http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project for more information.

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  • PAK August Newsletter

    Hello, Hope you are all enjoying your summer. We have a ton of exciting events this month and coming up this fall... Check out our latest newsletter for more information.

    Hope to see you soon,

    PAK Coordinators Jodi, Jen, Randi, and Carrie

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  • 1st Ever PAK TWEEN-TEEN COUNCIL MEETING AUGUST 8!

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    PAK Tween-Teen Meeting
    When: Saturday, August 8 at 1:30 pm

    Where: Union West Regional Library. 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road Indian Trail 28079

    What: This is for tweens and teens between the ages 11-18 that would like to fellowship with others with allergies.  They will work on community outreach such as help plan events/meeting for the younger children.  RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org   Parents must attend.

  • LEAP Meeting this Thursday 7/9 6 pm at Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte!

    Check out this news piece... http://abc11.com/…/peanut-allergy-study-showing-pro…/571264/

    It is a good tie-in to this Thursday (7/9) evening's LEAP meeting!

    Dr. Douglas Johnston, DO, FAAAAI and Dr. Vandana Patel, MD of the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA will be hosting a summary session with Q&A on the LEAP study.

    When: Thursday, July 9th at 6pm                                                                       Where: 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte 28277                         RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org To ensure our patient’s safety, no food or beverage, with the exception of water is allowed in the waiting area.

    From Allergic living article…The British LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) study involved 640 “high-risk” babies – defined as those with egg allergy, severe eczema, or both. The infants were assigned to two groups: those whose parents were to regularly feed them peanut and those whose parents were told to have their children avoid peanut altogether. The children, enrolled between the ages of four and 11 months, were given a conclusive peanut food challenge at age 5. LEAP is a study focused on the prevention of food allergy in children with risk factors for peanut allergy – not on the treatment of existing food allergies

  • PAK July Newsletter

    Hello! Here is the link to the PAK July Newsletter with details of all the upcoming events in our community.

    Check it out!  JulyPAKSummerNewsletterVolume2

  • FARE-AAIR Food Allergy Symposium Scheduled for August 29!

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  • LEAP Study Discussion scheduled with Dr. Johnston of the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte July 9, 6 pm

    Have you heard about the LEAP study? Confused on how it applies to prevention and safety?

    Dr. Douglas Johnston, DO, FAAAAI and Dr. Vandana Patel, MD of the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte at Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA will be hosting a summary session with Q&A on the LEAP study.

    When: Thursday, July 9th at 6pm

    Where: 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte 28277

    RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

    To ensure our patient's safety, no food or beverage, with the exception of water is allowed in the waiting area.

    From Allergic living article...The British LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) study involved 640 “high-risk” babies – defined as those with egg allergy, severe eczema, or both. The infants were assigned to two groups: those whose parents were to regularly feed them peanut and those whose parents were told to have their children avoid peanut altogether. The children, enrolled between the ages of four and 11 months, were given a conclusive peanut food challenge at age 5. LEAP is a study focused on the prevention of food allergy in children with risk factors for peanut allergy – not on the treatment of existing food allergies

  • PAK June Newsletter!

    Hello PAK Members! Have a look at our new and improved newsletter... It is chock full of great allergy news happening in our city... JUNE 2015 PAK NEWSLETTER

  • PAK Gettogether this Thursday at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center's New South Park Office

    Reminder! Hope you can join us at the PAK get together this Thursday, June 4, 6 pm at 5970 Fairview Road... Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center will be hosting an Open House for their new Southpark location. PAK members are welcome to come for an informal get together. They will serve hors-d'oeuvres and drinks and be mindful of allergies.

  • 504 Conference Call Tonight!

    Tonight, Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 pm is the PAK 504 conference call. This call will be a follow up to our 504 in Schools meeting we had on April 14. We will tie up any questions we didn’t get to discuss with Carrie and Randi. 

    Conference Call 1-774-220-4000 ID # 102-005 

  • PAK in our Community

    What a great meeting we had this past Saturday! Thank you for your input via email for how PAK can better serve our community. PAK will continue to host larger educational events and continue to work on advocacy and community outreach.

    We need your help! Are you interested in hosting a chit chat support session or playgroup in your community? We will encourage and support any of you hosting get togethers in your part of town. We're excited to see an event being formed in the Fort Mill area with a date TBD. We'll continue to support this effort and share the details once settled. Here's how you can help in your part of town...

    Simply set a date, time, and place. Perhaps start with a park playgroup or a chit chat at the library.

    Strive for non-food events so that they are inclusive and accessible to our food allergic members.

    Keep on eye on the PAK calendar on www.pakcharlotte.wordpress.com/upcoming-meetings-events to make sure there is no overlapping of events. Let the PAK coordinators know, so we can create an event on Facebook and add it to our blog/website. We will be happy to send out reminders and spread the word!

    Libraries can host meetings easily just by signing up online. The Union & Iredell, York, SC libraries can host for free! Charlotte Meck costs 20$ and PAK can reimburse...

    http://www.cmlibrary.org/about_us/policiesMeeting.asp

    http://www.union.lib.nc.us/meeting_room_calendar.asp

    http://gastonlibrary.org/events/group-programs-services/

    http://iredell.lib.nc.us/…/se…/meetingrooms/meetingroom.html

    http://www.yclibrary.org/libraryservices.php

    Another option is our Medical Advisors have graciously opened up their waiting rooms for us and we can connect you for any meetings in their offices.

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    Save the Date! On October 3, plan to host a teal pumpkin event in your area! Let's raise awareness for Food Allergies all over our city! We can bring our teal pumpkins to the FARE walk for decoration!

    On October 3, you set the location and time and PAK will advertise the event.

    Arrive with pumpkins, paint and use the opportunity to connect with each other and raise awareness.

    Email info@pakcharlotte.org and we can set your location and date on our PAK Charlotte Calendar and on Facebook.

    Our goal is to have a teal pumpkin event in each area: (i.e. Uptown, Southpark, Huntersville, Mooresville, Indian Trail, University, Fort Mill, Ballantyne, Concord, Gastonia, etc...

    Let's paint the greater Charlotte/Mecklenburg region TEAL and raise awarness!

    Fresh Ideas and input are ALWAYS appreciated anytime. We are a community with the same goal; awareness and safety for all of our food allergic children. We have a variety of "ages and stages" in our group from the newly diagnosed to those embarking on the teen and college years. Together we have a wealth of experiences and resources to share! Contact Jodi Stokes at info@pakcharlotte.org and let us support and share opportunities for us to get together and support one another!

    The PAK board members with their duties are:

    Jodi Stokes, Co-founder, sets up new members, moderator of Facebook, meeting development...

    Jennifer Youse, Co-leader, works on advocacy, community outreach, meeting development...

    Randi Eccleston, Marketing Coordinator, working on teen council, outreach to allergy & ped. practices, meeting development...

    and our newest Board Member...

    Carrie Merner, Education Coordinator, working on school outreach, advocacy and meeting development...

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    PAK Coordinators,

    Jodi, Jennifer, Randi, and Carrie

  • FARE Walk Registration Incentive!

    Register as a Team Captain for the FARE Walk between now and May 8th and be entered into a drawing to win a  4 pack of tickets to the Carolina Cinemas! Winner will be contacted on Monday, May 11th. http:// www.foodallergywalk.org/Charlotte2015 It is free to register for the Walk which will be held on Saturday, October 31 at 1pm at Park Rd. Park.

  • PAK May Newsletter

    Hello PAK Members! Here is the MAY NEWSLETTER to keep you up to date on all the meetings, events, advocacy coming up. Check it out! MAY 2015 PAK NEWSLETTER

  • May PAK Meetings!

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    Meeting Topic: PAK in the Community  Saturday, May 16 at 2:00pm Starbucks in Stonecrest

    7922 Rea Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

    To finish off Food Allergy Awareness Week, the PAK coordinators would like to have an informal get together to discuss ways PAK can help our community. We are all in different ages and stages dealing with allergies and anaphylaxis and want to be sure our group is helpful and accessible to all members, new and veterans alike. We are thinking of forming teams of interest, i.e. families with nursing babies and toddlers have totally different needs than veteran parents who are thinking about schools and colleges. We would like to address geographic needs, too. We are so spread out all over Charlotte! If you are interested and can't make it, please email us at info@pakcharlotte.org

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    Meeting Topic: 504 in Schools Follow up conference call Thursday, May 21, 7:30 pm

    Conference Call 1-774-220-4000 ID # 102-005  This call will be a follow up to our 504 in Schools meeting we had on April 14. We will tie up any questions we didn't get to discuss with Carrie and Randi.

  • PAK Meeting Tomorrow, Saturday, April 18 at 10 am! Topic: Babies/Toddlers with Allergies

    Our next meeting is TOMORROW Saturday, April 18 at 10am with Maeve O’Connor, MD and Sandra West, Integrative Practitioner of Nutrition, of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Relief, for an interactive discussion at Bellies and Babies. We will be talking about babies with allergies, FPIES, elimination diets, and more. The conversation will be primarily for families with babies under the age of 2 with food allergies, but all families are welcome! PAK Coordinators will not be at this event, but are excited to here all that is learned! Address is 316 Lillington Avenue, Charlotte NC 28204. Please RSVP on the website at www.belliesandbabiesnc.com or by calling (704)858-4445.

    Megan Hendery

    Postpartum Care Specialist

    Bellies and Babies/Yoga Crib

    (704)858-4445

    www.belliesandbabiesnc.com

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  • Link to the PAK School Meeting Notes from April 14 meeting

    We have attached the link below to the notes from the April 14 Schools and 504 meeting. Let us know at info@pakcharlotte.org if you have any trouble opening and we can email it you. Stay tuned, we will be scheduling a conference call-in evening in the coming weeks to have a follow up, tie it all in discussion. In the meantime, if you would like, send us any questions you have pertaining to 504 and schools to info@pakcharlotte.org.

    PAK School Meeting 2015 Links and notes

  • PAK Get together at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center's New Southpark Location Open House!

    Carolina Asthma & Allergy Center will be hosting an Open House for their new Southpark location on Thursday, June 4, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at 5970 Fairview Rd. Suite 500 Charlotte NC 28210.   PAK members are welcome to come for an informal get together. They will serve hors-d'oeuvres and drinks and be mindful of allergies. RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org Look forward to seeing you there!

  • New NC Epinephrine Bill in House Today!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Jodi Stokes,  info@pakcharlotte.org

    Parents of Allergic Kids Applauds NC Bill Making Epinephrine Available in Restaurants, Theme Parks & Other Public Places

    Legislation, which will be Heard Today Before Health Committee, Provides another Critical Safeguard for NC Children, Following 2014 Passage of Bill Requiring Emergency Epinephrine in Schools

    CHARLOTTE, NC (April 16, 2015) – Parents of Allergic Kids Charlotte (PAK Charlotte), the region’s largest support group for families with allergic children, today urged the enactment of legislation which would help make epinephrine – the first-line medication to treat anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction – available in places such as restaurants, recreation camps, youth sports leagues, theme parks, resorts, and sports arenas.

    The legislation, House Bill 647, allows entities to obtain epinephrine auto-injectors (prescribed by a physician) for emergency use, and authorizes trained employees to administer epinephrine to anyone suffering from anaphylaxis. The bill, which was introduced this week by state Reps. Rick Glazier, (D-Cumberland); Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson); Marilyn Avila (R-Wake); and Sarah Stevens (R-Surry/Wilkes), will be considered today by the North Carolina House Committee on Health.

    “As parents of children living with allergies, we know how important it is to have epinephrine with us at all times,” said Jodi Stokes, coordinator of PAK Charlotte. “Like the law requiring epinephrine in schools, this legislation will provide an extra layer of protection for North Carolina children, especially those with undiagnosed allergies. Just like schools, other places that serve children should be able to obtain and store epinephrine in case of emergency.”

    Stokes continued, “Anaphylaxis can happen at any time and can be caused by food, medications, insect venom, latex, and other allergens. It’s extremely important that we make epinephrine available for emergency use wherever children might encounter allergens and suffer a severe reaction. Like other parents across the state, we hope lawmakers will pass House Bill 647 and make it possible for restaurants, theme parks and other places to have epinephrine auto-injectors in an emergency.”

    Food allergies are the most common trigger of anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially fatal systemic allergic reaction that occurs suddenly after contact with an allergen. Anaphylaxis can cause swelling that can block airways, other breathing problems such as asthma attacks, or even a significant drop in blood pressure. Epinephrine slows down the effects of an allergic reaction in the critical minutes following an exposure, giving emergency and hospital personnel time to treat the victim and often saving the victim’s life.

    According to a study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, food allergies affect one in 13 (or 8 percent of) American children under the age of 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of American children with allergies increased 18 percent between 1997 to 2007

    About Parents of Allergic Kids Charlotte (PAK Charlotte)

    PAK Charlotte, the area’s largest support group for families with allergic children, was formed in 2006. Members include parents of children, ranging from infants to young adults, who have life-threatening food, latex and venom allergies. The goal of PAK Charlotte is to raise awareness about the prevalence and severity of food allergies, while educating parents, caregivers, professionals, and our children's peers. For more information, visit http://www.pakcharlotte.org/

  • PAK Meeting: 504 Policies in Schools Tonight, April 14, 6:30 pm

    Looking forward to tonight's meeting!

    Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 pm at Allergy & Asthma Care of Blakeney 8840 Blakeney Professional Dr, Ste. 201, Charlotte, NC 28277

    We are pleased to announce Gina Clowes, FARE Director of Education will be phoning in to answer any 504 questions we have! Dr. Stephen McEldowney will be hosting and answering questions along with a panel of several parents discussing how they successfully created 504s for their food allergic children in the public school setting. This meeting will give tips and helpful information to families at any stage in the school process (rising kindergartners, elementary, middle and high school alike).

  • New PAK Tween/Teen Advisory Board!

    Hello all:

    We have decided to try something new at PAK. We would like to have a tween/teen advisory board. This board would help to plan events for the children and siblings of PAK. The board will be made up of teens/tweens ages 11-18. They will hold meetings, communicate via email, and they will plan events. If your tween/teen would like to be on the board, please email info@pakcharlotte.org. We will then send you more information including a sheet that needs to be signed by parent and teen/tween. This is so that we know the parent is ok with their tween/teen being on the board and so that we have permission for your tween/teen to use email. At some point we may set up a Facebook page for them but that would not be for a while. If your tween/teen could also send us a paragraph about why they want to be on the board that would be great too.

    Thanks!

  • Link to attend Food Allergy Institute Summer Camp!

    Please complete the linked google doc if you would like your child to attend the Food Allergy Institute and PAK Charlotte food allergy camp on August 11, 12 and 13. The document will be time stamped and is on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte Camp this Summer!

    Hello!

    We are excited to announce that The Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte in collaboration with PAK Charlotte will be hosting a food allergy friendly camp this summer!

    Summer Youth Camp: Tuesday, August 11 through Thursday, August 13 9am-12:00pm (Cost: $10 per child) Pineville United Methodist Church 110 S. Polk Street, Pineville, NC 28134. This will be a drop-off camp for rising Kindergartners through rising 8th graders. We will split into two age groups.  We will secure a food allergy savvy nurse to serve as a volunteer. The campers will not know he/she is a nurse.

    During camp, youth will have the opportunity to participate in typical camp activities such as arts/crafts and outdoor activities. Children will also participate in a variety of team building and group activities designed to encourage interaction with other food allergic youth. Topics covered during camp will vary based on demographics and needs of the group. Activities and small group discussions during camp will be centered around the topics below although these will likely vary based on the needs of the group.

    Food Allergies 101

    Challenges of Living with Food Allergies

    Food allergies at home, school, camp, restaurants, etc.

    Food allergies in families, with friends, etc.

    Food allergies in the future

    Facing the Challenge

    Recognizing current strengths and resources

    Tools and strategies to assist with these challenges, including:

    Peer and family relationships

    Teasing/bulling

    Stress and anxiety

    Self management

    Self advocacy

    *** A google doc form for this camp will be posted on the Food Allergy Institute website and facebook page, PAK Charlotte Facebook and Blog at 9am on Friday, April 3rd. There are limited spots in camp that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the google doc form is the first step to register. Applications will be time stamped. Once the spots are full, children will be placed on a waiting list based on the time of completing the google doc. *

  • Special Addition to our April 14 504 in Schools Meeting!

    We are pleased to announce Gina Clowes, FARE Director of Education phoning in to answer any 504 questions we have!  Dr. Stephen McEldowney will be hosting and answering questions along with a panel of several parents discussing how they successfully created 504s for their food allergic children in the public school setting. This meeting will give tips and helpful information to families at any stage in the school process (rising kindergartners, elementary, middle and high school alike).

    Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 pm at Allergy & Asthma Care of Blakeney 8840 Blakeney Professional Dr, Ste. 201, Charlotte, NC 28277

  • PAK Fundraiser

    Dear PAK Members,

    Finding the perfect Father’s Day and graduation gifts can be a real challenge – and so can raising much-needed funds for our organization. That’s why I’m excited to announce a great new fundraiser that solves both of these problems. From now until June 6th we’ll be selling a variety of fun and unique tie clips.

    This fundraiser is ridiculously easy

    There’s no door-to-door selling, no order taking, and no tracking people down to deliver the goods. Orders and payment are taken through the www.TieClipFundraiser.com website, and the tie clips are shipped directly to the buyer.

    We’ll make $5 for every tie clip purchased by June 6, 2015

    Buyers simply go to www.TieClipFundraiser.com by June 6, 2015, place their order, and use fundraiser code PAK at checkout.

    All you need to do is spread the word

    There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with this fundraiser!

    The perfect gift for men and teens

    For guys who want to add an extra touch of style when wearing a tie, these tie clips are the perfect gift. A variety of different designs are available, ranging from “fun” to “sports-themed” to “conservative.” Some are also available sized for “skinny” ties. And they’re priced from just $15 to $25.

    Remember, our group’s coupon code is: PAK

    Thank you in advance for your support!

    Best wishes,

    PAK Coordinators

  • 10th Anniversary FARE Walk for Food Allergy Scheduled!

    Save the Date! Join us for the 10th Anniversary of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Charlotte!

    Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Park Road Park (new location)

    6220 Park Road • Charlotte, NC

    Registration starts at 1:00 PM

    www.foodallergywalk.org/Charlotte2015

    This year's event will feature a "Halloween" theme with a Teal Pumpkin "trick or treat" and a costume contest! This family-friendly walk offers a fun, allergy-friendly activity for the food allergy community, and raises funds for food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness. Register today so you don't miss out on any important announcements or walk updates. You don't want to miss this year's walk!

    Save the date and form your team TODAY!

    Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

    Come help us say FAREwell to food allergies!

  • Infants and Toddlers with Allergy Discussion Scheduled 4/18 at 10 am!

    Please join us on Saturday, April 18 at 10am with Maeve O'Connor, MD and Sandra West, Integrative Practitioner of Nutrition, of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Relief, for an interactive discussion at Bellies and Babies. We will be talking about babies with allergies, FPIES, elimination diets, and more. The conversation will be primarily for families with babies under the age of 2 with food allergies, but all families are welcome! Our address is 316 Lillington Avenue, Charlotte NC 28204. Please RSVP on the website at www.belliesandbabiesnc.com or by calling (704)858-4445.

    Megan Hendery

    Postpartum Care Specialist

    Bellies and Babies/Yoga Crib

    (704)858-4445

    www.belliesandbabiesnc.com

    www.yogacribnc.com

  • PAK March Newsletter

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    We had a super fun day at BeYoga! Thanks to the sponsorship of Asthma and Allergy Specialists, PA and the Food Allergy Institute of Charlotte!

    PAK has a very busy spring planned...

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    Saturday, March 21 from 10 am - 4 pm

    PAK representatives will be doing a craft for children with food allergies and sensitivities! Come check out our booth, where your kids will have a great time together! Special thanks to the FAACT team for sponsoring our booth. www.foodallergyawareness.org 

    Register to attend this event on http://www.charlottegfexpo.blogspot.com/

    blakeney allergy mceldowney will host our SCHOOL and 504 PREPARATION MEETING

    Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 pm at Allergy & Asthma Care of Blakeney 8840 Blakeney Professional Dr, Ste. 201, Charlotte, NC 28277

    Dr. Stephen McEldowney will host our 504 in schools meeting. This will be an information share type gathering, where parents who have successfully created 504s for their food allergic children can give tips and advice to families who could benefit at any stage in the school process (rising kindergartners, elementary, middle and high school alike) RSVP to this free event at info@pakcharlotte.org 

  • Reminder: PAK YOGA EVENT & PARENT CHAT THIS WEEKEND!

    Next PAK event is coming up this weekend. Some parents will be out in the waiting room, if you are a newly diagnosed mom/dad (or any PAK member!) and want to chat, please feel free to come! For those of you attending, please bring a yoga mat or towel per person participating.

    PAK Family Yoga sponsored by Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA

    Sunday, March 1, 1:30 – 2:30 pm at BeYoga Carmel location 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte 28226

    Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA will be sponsoring our PAK Family Yoga! Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. Recommended ages: Kindergarten and up. To attend, all families must get registration information by emailing info@pakcharlotte.org. The parents may choose to participate in the yoga class or chat together in the waiting room right outside the yoga studio room. Since space is limited, let us know when you register how many children/adults participating in the yoga. Thank you!

  • PAK Family Yoga Sponsored by Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA Sunday, March 1, 1:30

    Sunday, March 1, 1:30 - 2:30 pm at BeYoga Carmel location 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte 28226

    Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA will be sponsoring our PAK Family Yoga! Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. Recommended ages: Kindergarten and up. To attend, all families must get registration information by emailing info@pakcharlotte.org.  The parents may choose to participate in the yoga class or chat together in the waiting room right outside the yoga studio room. Since space is limited, let us know when you register how many children/adults participating in the yoga. Thank you!

  • Upcoming PAK Events for Winter/Spring

    PAK has several events and educational opportunities coming up… Mark your calendars…

    Double PAK Event…

    Nutrikids:  Making Sense of Nutrition When Faced with Food Allergies with  Sandra West, CNP, AADP, CGP Integrative Practitioner of Nutrition  Saturday, February 7, 7 pm at Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief, 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28204

    Sandra West will discuss substitution solutions for cooking, baking, and snacks. Substitutions that ensure children with food allergies get the nutrients their bodies need, and from a child’s perspective, taste good. PLUS, If you would like to bring your older children (8 years old and up), we have a double event this night…

    While parents have a discussion with Sandra West, our kids, pre-teens and teens will get together for a GAME NIGHT!  Food allergic pre-teens and teens and their siblings ages 8+ will get together for an array of activities, i.e. charades, board games, puzzles…(This is not a drop off event, parents must stay)  Water only will be served. You do not have to have a child attending the Game Night in order to go to the PAK meeting with Sandra West. In addition, if your children are attending the Game Night, you must stay as well.

    RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

    The following are not PAK sponsored events, however we will be attending in support of these great educational opportunities in our community….

    Food Allergy Education Event given by the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment  Thursday, February 19, 9 AM – 11:00 AM This year our attention turns to a topic that is much in the media these days…food! Open any magazine and you’ll find an article about food allergies, gluten intolerance, peanut allergy or GMO’s. Sometimes it’s difficult to separate… fact from fiction. Our 2015 program focus is: Food Allergies: Hype or Hypersensitivity Myers Park Country Club Registration: $25.00 per person RSVP by registering on www.mmaeclassroom.com Breakfast Buffet (Gluten-Free Selections Available)

    We invite you to join MMAE as a Community Partner for brunch and an informative panel discussion of food allergies, conducted by three Board-Certified allergists from Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center (www.carolinaasthma.com.) Our panel members include: John T. Klimas, M.D., Gray Norris, M.D., Emily W. Langley, M.D. Books on related allergy and nutritional subjects available for sale, courtesy of Park Road Books; 10% of the proceeds will be donated to MMAE’s Endowment.

    Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event Saturday, March 21, 10 am – 4 pm

    PAK representatives will be doing a craft for children with food allergies and sensitivities.

    Register on http://www.charlottegfexpo.blogspot.com/

  • First PAK meeting of the new year coming up next month February 7!

    Happy New Year PAK Families!

    Saturday, February, 7 pm will be our first meeting of the new year and it is a DOUBLE EVENT!

    Nutrikids: Making Sense of Nutrition When Faced with Food Allergies with

    Sandra West, CNP, AADP, CGP Integrative Practitioner of Nutrition at

    Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief, 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28204

    Sandra West will discuss substitution solutions for cooking, baking, and snacks. Substitutions that ensure children with food allergies get the nutrients their bodies need, and from a child’s perspective, taste good.

    PLUS, If you would like to bring your older children (8 years old and up)...

    While parents have a discussion with Sandra West, our kids, pre-teens and teens will get together for a game night! Food allergic pre-teens and teens and their siblings ages 8+ will get together for an array of activities, i.e. charades, board games, puzzles…(This is not a drop off event, parents must stay) Water only will be served.

    RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

    ***You do not have to have a child attending the Game Night in order to go to the PAK meeting with Sandra West. In addition, if your children are attending the Game Night, you must stay as well.***

  • PAK Parents Holiday Party this Thursday, December 4!

    The PAK Parents Holiday Party with Allergy Friendly Food is this Thursday, December 4 at 7 pm. It will be held in South Charlotte near Stonecrest Shopping Center. Email info@pakcharlotte.org to RSVP and for directions.

    To answer some of your questions about the PAK Parents Holiday Party,

    1- First and foremost, this party is for PARENTS ONLY. Since many of our parents have allergies as well and the home hosting is nut free, please make your dish free of peanut and all tree nuts. If it is free of milk, egg, wheat, etc., that would be great as well.

    2- If you are attending and have allergies and/or intolerance, let us know! Email us exactly what foods you are avoiding, so we can be sure you can try several dishes. We would never want to exclude anybody! We all deserve this special night to fellowship with other allergy parents and learn new recipes we can try with our kids.

    3- Please take a picture or bring actual package of any ingredient in the dish to the event.

    4- If you are nervous to cook for others with allergies of food you have in your home, please do still come! Feel free to bring a bottle of soda or water or a package of allergy friendly goodies. There are so many top 8 free companies that sell to our local grocery stores.

    5- Last time we did this event, we brought appetizers, snack type foods, dinner dishes, and desserts. It is very casual, mingling type event, not a sit down dinner.

    Hope you see you there!

  • Food Allergy Education Event scheduled for February 19, 2015

    Please see the attached pdf for information and registration form about a Food Allergy Education Event given by the Mecklenburg Medical Alliance & Endowment in February 2015. PAK will have a table at the event....

    2015 COMMUNITY HEALTH CLASSROOM

    This year our attention turns to a topic that is much in the media these days...food! Open any magazine and you’ll find an article about food allergies, gluten intolerance, peanut allergy or GMO’s. Sometimes it’s difficult to separate... fact from fiction. Our 2015 program focus is:

    Food Allergies: Hype or Hypersensitivity

    Myers Park Country Club

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Allergy Panel: 10:00 a.m.

    Registration: $25.00 per person

    Breakfast Buffet (Gluten-Free Selections Available)

    We invite you to join MMAE as a Community Partner for brunch and an informative panel discussion of food allergies, conducted by three Board-Certified allergists from Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center (www.carolinaasthma.com.) Our panel members include:

    John T. Klimas, M.D.

    Grey Norris, M.D.

    Emily W. Langley, M.D.

    Books on related allergy and nutritional subjects available for sale, courtesy of Park Road

    Books; 10% of the proceeds will be donated to MMAE’s Endowment.Food Allergy Fact Sheet021915

  • Calling all Union County School Parents

    Calling all Union County School PAK members from elementary to high school! We are gathering information about the use of non-nutritive food in schools, outside of snack and lunch. For example; goody bags, celebrations, manipulatives for learning, seasonal feasts and the like. We would like to learn what is happening in as many Union County Schools as possible. This information will be used completely anonymously. The only information that is needed is the name of the school and how and when food is being used in the schools by filling out the attached form and emailing to info@pakcharlotte.org Again, we will not be using any parent names in any way. We would like to learn what the various schools are doing, so we can get a global picture. Thank you for your time and assistance in helping our schools be healthier for our children.

    Use of non-nutritive food in Schools

  • Food Allergy and Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Parent Discussion this Sunday!

    Some parents would like to have an informal get together to discuss having food allergies and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders including EoE, EG, EC and EGE. PAK and Charlotte Supports EOS are inviting our members with a new diagnosis and veteran parents that can come share experiences, coping strategies, recipe and product suggestions to help each other manage these in your home. It will be held on Sunday, November 16, 4 pm at Panera 9905 Knockando Ln, Huntersville, North Carolina 28078 RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org

  • Message about our FARE Walk for Food Allergy

    Charlotte FARE Walk Participants!

    First, we wanted to thank you for all of the awesome fundraising that you have done for the Charlotte FARE Walk! As you know, we experienced inclement weather last Saturday, the day of the Charlotte Walk and had a very low participant turnout. Even though the weather was bad, the mission to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included, continues.

    We wanted to give you a chance to turn in any fundraising money that you may have and also pick up your FARE walk t-shirts (adults must have raised $100 or more to receive a t-shirt, youth get complimentary t-shirts).

    Join us on Tuesday, November 11th at Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief (AAIR) Elizabeth location, 1523 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28204. A FARE representative will be there from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. to collect money and hand out t-shirts.

    If you have money to turn in and will not be able to make it on Nov. 11th, please print this form and mail your money to:

    Food Allergy Research Education (FARE)

    7925 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 1100

    McLean, VA 22102

    This also gives you a chance to do any last minute fundraising! As always, the website will stay open for donations until December 31.

    We look forward to seeing you on the 11th!

  • PAK Holiday Party

    With the holidays approaching, we thought it would be great fun to host a PAK Holiday Party with Allergy Friendly Food on Thursday, December 4 at 7pm. This night will be a relaxed and casual get-together where we eat and share allergy friendly recipes. Location will be in South Charlotte near Stonecrest. RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org for more details.  Email the recipe by November 28 and we will compile a mini recipe book to pass out that night.

    Please make your dish free of peanut and all tree nuts.  If it is free of milk, egg, wheat, etc., that would be great as well.  Food ideas include breads, muffins, cookies, chicken salad, sausage casserole, macaroni dishes, appetizers, any food good for quick dinner ideas, holiday treats, or school lunches.

    Due to the wide variety of foods present, we strongly suggest this party be for parents only. Many of our PAK families have adults with food allergies, please bring packages of each ingredient.

  • Teal Pumpkin Painting for Halloween and our FARE Walk for Food Allergy

    Some families have planned a special get together THIS Saturday, October 25, at 12:00 Noon at Squirrel Lake Park 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd, Matthews, NC 28105 for painting pumpkins teal ( http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project) and playing on the playground. **Please bring your own pumpkin, teal color paint and brushes.** After Halloween you can bring your teal pumpkin to the FARE Walk for Food Allergy on the following Saturday, November 1st at Freedom Park (9am Registration, Walk starts at 10 am) They will make great decoration for that amazing event! Thank you fellow PAK member Missy Pontius !

  • Halloween Ideas Link

    Here is a link from our fellow PAK members Emily & Justin Cunningham on their blog all about Halloween. Great ideas for a safe and fun Halloween!

    http://allergenmenumom.com/?s=halloween&submit=Search

    It's an old post, but worth repeating. You will truly be inspired to see what our kids CAN eat, not what they are missing out on.

  • Prepare for an emergency for your allergic child

    72hour kit

    With Daylight Savings approaching on November 2, this is a good month for us all to think about and start shopping for our family's 72 hour kits. If there ever is an emergency, you will be prepared with a backpack filled with safe foods and drinks for your child with allergies. Some tips: Each family member should have their own backpack with a couple changes of clothes, socks, etc., several water bottles, dried fruits, granola bars, soups, protein source like jerky, crackers, tiny cereal boxes, packets of hot cereal... The picture is just a sample of a family with peanut/tree nut allergy, so ignore the brands if you have other allergies. It is just to give you an idea of the items that can go in.  Don't forget make sure cans have the built in opener on the lid, or put in a separate can opener. The reason to do it at Daylight Savings time is it is a good time to assess expiration dates, 2 times a year and eat up all that is in there and switch out the food items.

  • Amazing Opportunity for CMS Parents!

    CMS PARENTS -There is a wonderful and unique opportunity for a few more parents to participate in the Mecklenburg County School Health Stakeholder’s group.  This is a task force comprised of the Health Director, school nurse supervisor, nurses, administrators, parents and others who want to continually improve school health services provided by the nurses in our schools. We are thrilled that by March we should have one full time nurse in every school, but  we do not want to pass up this wonderful opportunity for collaboration between nurses, parents and others.

    If you are interested in being considered, please email PAK member Teri Saurer at tsaurer@ulliance.com   This commitment entails being present at one meeting each quarter on a Thursday from 3-4:30pm.  There may also be some outside work that smaller work groups will do as well.  It is a great chance to get involved in school health and make sure our nurses get the resources they need and that they hear what is important to parents about food allergies!!

  • PAK News- Meetings and Events this Fall

    Our next PAK meeting is an EPIPEN EDUCATION EVENT with Mylan and Dr. Ekta Shah at Charlotte Medical Clinic on Wednesday, October 1, 7:00pm Charlotte Medical Clinic 10650 Park Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28210

    John Howard, PharmD Medical Science Liaison, Global Medical Affairs will answer our epipen questions. One of our team of medical advisers, Dr. Ekta Shah with Charlotte Medical Clinic, has offered to host and discuss. This will be a great opportunity to ask all of our epipen questions to a team of medical professionals and practice with expired epipens.

    We would like to reach out to our members to see if you know of any staff members in your schools that can benefit from the October 1st Epipen Education Meeting. Any school personnel welcome to join, nurses, first responders, in whatever type of school, private, public, day care, church nursery leader. The event is free. If you want to invite babysitters, neighbors, grandparents or other caregivers, please do! These events give us a wonderful opportunity to educate our community! Feel free to pass along our email info@pakcharlotte.org if you or the school has any questions.

    The FARE WALK FOR FOOD ALLERGY will be held on Saturday, November 1, 9 am, Freedom Park. Register online today at http://www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2014  From our Walk chair, Jennifer Barrett...We are going to have an awesome Halloween costume party! So everyone come dressed up. I expect we’re going to see a lot of super hero costumes on the PARENTS since that is really what we all are anyway.  There will be a DJ playing music. He will take requests, we’ll need some input from the older kiddos! There will be face painter(s) so if anyone wants to add to their costume the face painters will be at your service! We are working on having an area for trick or treating, but of course with no treats…and really no tricks either…but hopefully lots of little trinkets and toys that will be relatively age appropriate. With the time line, we are working on fitting in a costume contest. Did I mention parents should come dressed up too? We still have some more to narrow down with the time line, but this is the basic format so far. We’ll finish up with our FARE Walk awards and the FARE Walk itself. This should be a really fun morning/afternoon.

    In other news...We had a successful Yoga Event this past Sunday. Tracy Mott at BeYoga was phenomenal at teaching our kids and parents different breathing and poses as techniques to manage our lives with life threatening allergies. We are working with our medical advisers to continue this incredible opportunity to help our families. Stay tuned...

    Looking forward to seeing you at all of these great events!

    PAK Coordinators

  • Yoga Workshop-Not too late to register!

    YOGA WORKSHOP Sunday, September 14, 1:30-2:30 at BeYoga Carmel Location

    7510 Pineville Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte 28226

    Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. To attend, all families must get registration information by emailing info@pakcharlotte.org.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Change of date for Epipen Education Meeting- October 1, 7 pm

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to move the Epipen Education Meeting to Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. Here is the information...

    EPIPEN EDUCATION MEETING Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm John Howard, PharmD Medical Science Liaison, Global Medical Affairs will answer our epipen questions. Dr. Ekta Shah with Charlotte Medical Clinic, has offered to host and discuss. This will be a great opportunity to ask all of our epipen questions to a team of medical professionals and practice with expired epipens. The meeting will be at the Charlotte Medical Clinic office at 10650 Park Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 2821

  • Food Allergy in Schools: Know Your Rights

    With the new school year approaching, there has been a lot of discussion on our children’s rights in the school setting and the necessity of 504’s, IEPs. We would like to introduce fellow PAK member, Carrie Merner. Carrie will be our guest speaker in January for a Food Allergy in Schools; Know Your Rights meeting to inform and empower parents to advocate for their food allergic children.   In the meantime, we want to pass along Carrie’s information…
     
    From Carrie…”I am in the process of formulating my own business to provide assistance to parents to advocate for 504 Plans under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) under the IDEA.  I would like to offer my experience in this area to PAK members and wanted to provide my contact information, cmerner1@gmail.com Although I intend to ultimately charge for this service, I am willing to take a few pro bono cases.  This will provide experienced help to others and build my portfolio and reputation here in NC with positive recommendations and contacts.
     
    I am an attorney and practiced in the State of NJ, as well as a former NC teacher.  I have extensive experience as a child advocate and assisting parents and children in formulating Section 504 Plans and IEPs. 
    ·         I began my career as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Guilford and Winston-Salem/Forsyth Counties here in NC.  I taught for 4 years and was both Math and Science Rookie Teacher of the Year in Guilford County. 
    ·         I attended Seton Hall Law after relocating with my husband to New Jersey.  I am licensed to practice in the State of NJ.
    ·         While attending Seton Hall Law, I was involved with Advocates for Children of NY to help represent indigent children and their parents against the NYC school system to formulate 504 Plans and IEPs, among other things. Legal action against the NYC school system was sometimes brought forth via Hearings and Federal Court, to make certain that individual's rights and special needs were being met under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the IDEA.  My years of teaching combined with my knowledge of the law were put to good use. 
    ·         Law Clerk for the Hon. Lisa Crystal in Family Court, Union County, New Jersey.
    ·         I served as a NJ Deputy Attorney General (DAG) and represented the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) with abuse, neglect and termination of parental rights matters. 
    ·         I later served as a Law Guardian in the Office of the Public Defender.  NJ is one of only a handful of states in the nation that assigns children in foster care their own attorneys to truly represent the legal interests of the child.  In this capacity, I did much more than just attend abuse and neglect hearings and Termination Parental Rights trials on their behalf.  I frequently advocated  to make certain that these children's educational and special needs were being met in the public school setting. 
    In short, my professional career has been focused on the education and rights of children.  As a parent, I find myself continuing to advocate for my own children's special needs. We relocated to NC last July 2014 from NJ.  I have secured a 504 Plan for my rising Kindergartner who has severe food allergies to milk, peanuts, tree nuts and egg with a history of multiple anaphylactic reactions.  I have also secured an IEP under the IDEA for my oldest. 
    In addition to getting my family newly settled, I joined NC Parents Advocating for School Health's (NCPASH) fight for school nurses. I assisted by creating and maintaining a website for NCPASH, actively advocated to and engaged with elected officials, attended speaking engagements, spoke to the press and provided general support and marketing materials. I am currently working to engage the Town of Davidson and Cornelius Parks and Recreation to assist with a better food allergy aware policy."

  • FARE Walk for Food Allergy Update

    Message from Walk Chair, Jennifer Barrett...

    Here is a bit more info on our FARE Walk this year.

    We are going to have an awesome Halloween costume party! So everyone come dressed up. I expect we're going to see a lot of super hero costumes on the PARENTS since that is really what we all are anyway. ...
    There will be a DJ playing music. He will take requests, we'll need some input from the older kiddos! There will be face painter(s) so if anyone wants to add to their costume the face painters will be at your service!
    We are working on having an area for trick or treating, but of course with no treats...and really no tricks either...but hopefully lots of little trinkets and toys that will be relatively age appropriate.
    With the time line, we are working on fitting in a costume contest. Did I mention parents should come dressed up too? We still have some more to narrow down with the time line, but this is the basic format so far.
    We'll finish up with our FARE Walk awards and the FARE Walk itself.
    This should be a really fun morning/afternoon.

    The donations are a bit small, but we know that folks are working on the start of school and the end of summer right now. But think about using the on line tools on the walk page to help send blasts to your friends and family. I started loading emails 2 years ago and my past address book has stayed in there so its easy to update. I also use their format but I customize the message for my own needs before I send the email blast. In the end it makes it very easy for my friends to donate on line. I find that most people prefer to donate on line these days.

    As we add and finalize more about the walk I will update. Here is the link to the Charlotte walk page. Check it out if you haven't had a chance yet. And please do send me messages if you have any questions about the page or the walk.

    Saturday, November 1, 9am at Freedom Park Register now at http://www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2014 Family friendly Walk to raise food allergy awareness, education and funds for research for an amazing national organization, FARE (www.foodallergy.org)

  • SB744 Non-Specific Epinephrine in Schools is now a Mandatory Law!!!

    SB744 Mandatory Stock Epinephrine in all public schools in NC was signed into law! See page 38 of the attached file for the law in its entirety. We want to thank everyone for the letters, phone calls, emails, years of hard work to make this effort successful. Special thanks to Dana Stoogenke and Angel Gwynn from our PAK Advocacy Council!

    We will celebrating this amazing achievement at our next event, PAK Parents Night Out: Friday, August 22, 7 pm at VINTNER WINE MARKET 8128 Providence Road Charlotte 28277 Secure your babysitters and come for a relaxing night out before the kids get back to school. 

  • Charlotte Knights Baseball Game Aug 24 UPDATE

    Here is the response from the Charlotte Knights General Manager, Scotty Brown... "The Charlotte Knights are committed to providing a safe environment at BB&T Ballpark for families with members allergic to peanuts. To that end, the Knights will not sell or offer peanuts anywhere in BB&T Ballpark for the home game scheduled for Sunday, August 24th. We will continue to reserve a block of seats for purchase in the Leftfield Power Alley sections 124, 125 & 126 for the families with allergic members for the August 24th game in order to optimize a clean, peanut-free area."

    We are still waiting to hear back from Brett, so we can ask about refunds if our members do not feel comfortable going. We will work with them to make sure they understand peanut free means also, no cracker jacks. Any other product over there we should mention to them? Let us know...info@pakcharlotte.org.

    We hope all our members know we took what happened last night very seriously. It was dangerous not only physically to our families, but emotionally. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • PAK KNIGHTS GAME AUGUST 24 CANCELLED

    To our members who are planning to go the August 24 Knights Game... At tonight's game (Aug 6) the Knights did  NOT ensure the safety of our families. There was no signage, peanuts being eaten throughout our "peanut free" section, selling nut products in the area. Also, the staff was not informed the area was peanut free. These were all promises made to us even when we voiced concerns that they allowed non-PAK members into the area. We do not take this lightly and have already called the person who organized this event. We cannot support a game as "peanut free", if they are not delivering on the promises made.  As the August 24th game is sold out due to them selling most seats to non-PAK members, we feel there will be the same situation as was tonight's game.  If you purchased already and want to cancel, please contact us immediately... info@pakcharlotte.org When we speak to them, we will find out the protocol, considering this unfortunate situation. We know many of you have enjoyed a safe game over the last 8 years. We will try to work with them for a safer level of accommodation for a future game. But, as it stands, we cannot support this upcoming game.

  • Stock Epinephrine in Schools...One step closer

    Here is a link to a news piece from WSOC, consumer reporter Jason Stoogenke, covering the General Assembly making mandatory and agreeing to fund Stock Epipens in every NC Public School. We anticipate this requirement will begin this school year. We are investigating further how this will be implemented. We look forward to working with our statewide partners so that every public school has stock epinephrine as soon as possible. http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/action-9-epipens-could-be-every-school-new-nc-budg/ngwLS/

  • PAK August Newsletter

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    AUGUST NEWSLETTER

    Here is what we have coming up this month and for the fall…

    FAMILY EVENTS

    YOGA WORKSHOP Sunday, September 14, 1:30-2:30 at BeYoga Carmel Location

    7510 Pineville Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte 28226 Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. Space is limited. To attend, all families must get registration information by emailing info@pakcharlotte.org.

    FARE Walk for Food Allergy: Saturday, November 1, 9am at Freedom Park Register now at http://www.foodallergywalk.org/charlotte2014 Family friendly Walk to raise food allergy awareness, education and funds for research for an amazing national organization, FARE (www.foodallergy.org)

     FOR EDUCATION

    EPIPEN EDUCATION MEETING Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm (Date change) John Howard, PharmD Medical Science Liaison, Global Medical Affairs will answer our epipen questions. Dr. Hobbs and Jan Kamilaris with Charlotte Medical Clinic, have offered to host and discuss. This will be a great opportunity to ask all of our epipen questions to a team of medical professionals and practice with expired epipens. The meeting will be at the Charlotte Medical Clinic office at 10650 Park Road, Suite 300 Charlotte, NC 28210

    Apfed’s 2014 Eos Connection Patient Education Conference for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Pineville United Methodist Church 110 South Polk Street Pineville, NC 28134

    Time: 9:00am-4:00pm; A light lunch will be included.

    Fee/Registration: $10 (only ages 11 and up) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-apfed-eosconnection-summary-north-carolina-tickets-12240480607 Audience: Parents, caregivers, allied health professionals, school staff, patients.

  • YOGA WORKSHOP SCHEDULED NEXT MONTH

    Tracy Mott with BeYoga will be leading a workshop to enable our families to deal with today’s stresses. It will be held on Sunday, September 14, 1:30-2:30 at BeYoga Carmel Location, 7510 Pineville Matthews Rd. Suite 2B Charlotte 28226.

    The workshop will include yoga poses, breath work, guided meditation, and reflection. Participants will feel refreshed with the tools to use in every day life. This is for all families living with allergies, parents, siblings welcome to participate. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please email info@pakcharlotte.org for registration information.

  • Epinephrine in Schools is in the Proposed State Budget!

    Jul 31, 2014 — Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,

    The language from the Epi Pen Bill has successfully made it into the joint budget! It is the exact language from the bill and it continues to be a mandatory requirement!

    This is great news and I know it is because of all your efforts! That many emails and phone calls did not go unnoticed. We need to still wait to breathe a sigh of relief until it is all said and done because the legislators have to debate the full budget bill and vote on it twice . However, it is looking very good. If we hear any word of the Epinephrine portion being debated, we will send it on to you immediately.

    Tell your networks to email their own personal Senators and Representative to express their support for this part of the budget, that would be wonderful. They can say that they support the portion of the budget titled "Supply of Emergency Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on School Property" Section 8.23(a).

    I hope you will all take a moment to reflect upon that fact that your efforts will save the lives of children across NC. We were all a part of this and it really has been a grassroots effort. We lost a great advocate in Rep. Fulghum who passed away last month. Members of our advocacy group met with him for the first time to propose this bill with Dr. Townsend two years ago. Rep. Fulghum was immediately receptive and told us he would fight with us. I hope that we have made him proud.

    We will keep you posted and please pass along any update that come your way.

  • Link to the EosConnection Meeting in Charlotte on 10/4

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-apfed-eosconnection-summary-north-carolina-tickets-12240480607

  • Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders Apfed Conference Summary in Charlotte!

    From our sister support group, Charlotte Supports EOS...

    Charlotte will be hosting a summary conference of Apfed's 2014 Eos Connection Patient Education Conference for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders!

    Date: Saturday October 4, 2014

    Location: Pineville United Methodist Church 110 South Polk Street Pineville, NC 28134

    ​Time: 9:00am-4:00pm; ​A light lunch will be included.

    Fee/Registration:​ $10 (only ages 11 and up)/registration site is pending

    Audience: ​​Parents, caregivers, allied health professionals, school staff, patients.

    Stay tuned for updates and thank you for sharing this with patients and staff. ​

    Raquel Durban MS, RD, LDN

    Asthma and Allergy Specialists, PA

    Dietitian

    Adjunct Instructor/Dietetic Internship Preceptor Winthrop University

    and Appalachian State University

    P: 704-341-9600 ext 1302

    E-Fax: 866-731-3793

    **Please note, I am out of the office on Tuesdays.**

  • Charlotte Area Food Allergy Resources

    We want to be sure all of our PAK members are aware of the No Nuts Moms Group of Charlotte. This group is a well needed addition to our community, as they are hosting playgroups throughout our area! Here is a little something about each of us so you can see how our two groups can supplement each other…

    The No Nuts Moms Group of Charlotte hosts playgroups and parent get togethers all around our area through an online forum... https://www.facebook.com/groups/nonutsmomscharlotte/ They are scheduling playgroups in the Tega Cay, SC area and Cornelius right now! The best thing is that you have the opportunity to schedule an event in your area, whether it be University, South Charlotte, Indian Trail, Uptown Charlotte, Huntersville, anywhere in the Charlotte and surrounding areas! We are working closely with the leader, Jessica Sheena. If you are interested in attending playgroups or if you have any questions, email Jessica at NNMGCharlotte@gmail.com and check out their Facebook forum.

    Parents of Allergic Kids is the Charlotte regional support group that hosts educational meetings on topics such as research updates, asthma, epinephrine training, parent get togethers, advocacy projects, i.e. working with local school boards to create anaphylaxis and allergy protocols, nurses in schools, epinephrine legislation, and community outreach. We have a board of medical advisers that assist us in these endeavors. Our online forum is https://www.facebook.com/pak.charlotte where we can connect you to our private discussion group “PAK Charlotte Members” so you have the comfort of chatting with other parents dealing with severe allergies in a closed forum.

    We are fortunate to have these wide variety of options in our area, so please take advantage of them all.

    With thanks for all of your support over the years,

    PAK Charlotte Coordinators

  • Call to Action! Epipen in Schools Bill

    Dear Epi Pen Bill Advocates,

    This is it! We are down to the wire. There is word that our bill may finally move in the Senate, but we have to increase the pressure immediately. The bill has been languishing in the Senate Education Committee since last session. Legislators hope to wrap things up this session and if our lifesaving bill is not heard, it will be too late.

    Please take the time to call, email, and visit with:

    - Senator Brock (Our Senate Advocate) - Andrew.Brock@ncleg.net - (919) 715-0690

    - Senator Soucek (Chair of Education Committee) - Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net - (919) 733-5742

    - Senator Tillman (Co-Chair of the Education Committee) - Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net - (919) 733-5870

    - Senator Barefoot (Vice Chair of the Education Committee) - Chad.Barefoot@ncleg.net - (919) 715-3036

    Here is a link to the entire Senate Education Committee if you can email them all or push anyone who specifically represents you: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committees/Committees.asp?sAction=ViewCommittee&sActionDetails=Senate%20Standing_69

    Our message needs to include the following:

    - Why you support House Bill 824 "Epi Pens in Schools"

    - The bill needs to be heard in the Senate Education Committee immediately. It has languished for too long!

    - There are no groups opposing this bill, however there are many groups supporting it (NC Association of Pediatricians, School Nurses Association, Mom's Rising, FAAN/FARE, NC FACES, Charlotte and Triad Parents of Allergic Children)

    - This bill is cost neutral. The law will allow NC grant money that will cover the costs of the Epi Pens.

    - Epi Pens are safe, easy to use, and save lives.

    - This bill will save children's lives, but we must not wait until we have a child in NC to name the bill after.

    - North Carolina is one of the last states to enact epi pen legislation.

    - Do not modify the bill to make it weaker. We want it to be mandatory for schools, not voluntary. If you do get into a discussion about modification, the two changes we would support are changing the wording of "epi pen" to epinephrine autoinjector" so schools are not brand tied. We also support extending the immunity to private schools. however, we are down to the wire and it is better to pass the bill as is than have nay more delays while wording is changed.

    News Links

    Other states have recently publicized cases where similar laws have saved childrens lives. Feel free to share these links and any others that you find.

    Virginia: http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/x493496026/Student-life-saved-with-new-EpiPen-stockpile

    Nevada: http://www.ktvn.com/story/24809195/epi-pens-saving-lives-on-school-campuses

    Kentucky: http://www.lex18.com/news/epipen-saves-madison-county-student-s-life

    Please reply if you have things to add to the message or if you hear anything back from your contact efforts. Please also forward this email to anyone that I have left off or who you know will spread the word and help us get this lifesaving law passed.

    Thank you all for you hard work on this bill. It will saves lives, but we have to get the Senate to actually hear it before the session ends this week.

    Good Luck!

    Kendra Montgomery-Blinn

  • Save the Date: PAK Event August 22

    PAK Parents Night Out- Friday, August 22, 7 pm at VINTNER WINE MARKET 8128 Providence Road Charlotte 28277 Secure your babysitters and come for a relaxing night out before the kids get back to school. Hope to see you there!

  • Calling all PAK Members!

    Calling all PAK Members! Charlotte's 9th FARE Walk for Allergy is need of a planning committee to make it the best Walk yet! Assistance is needed to Co-chair and help promote the event by contacting local media outlets and securing entertainment and activities for the kids. These duties can be done via email and phone calls. The Walk will be held on Saturday, November 1, 9 am at Freedom Park. The Walk is a family friendly event, a great way to raise awareness to our community and funds for research and education for food allergy.  www.foodallergy.org

    If you are interested, please email:

    Kari Nesbitt Southeast Region Development Manager

    Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

    Direct: 404-990-3557 | Cell: 404-909-4351

    knesbitt@foodallergy.org

    Many thanks,

    PAK Coordinators

  • Adrian Peterson Draft for Kids with Allergies

    Adrian Peterson Draft for Kids with Allergies

  • Getting epinephrine from the pharmacist tips

    Here are some tips and information about getting your epinephrine prescriptions….

    Make sure when you pick up your Rx, that you look in the bag while you are there for 2 things...

    1-That it is the device your doctor prescribed-There are many epinephrine devices now. They are not all therapeutically equivalent! See document from KFA which breaks down the different ones available, whether they have trainers and more… http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/available-epinephrine-auto-injectors-new-generic

    2-The expiration date is 6 months or more. Ideal is 12 -14 months. You can refuse and have them order you a new set with a further out expiration date.

    BEFORE you go, call your insurance company to ask how many you can get for one co-pay. Some plans may allow you to get 3 sets which equals 6 epinephrine pens for ONE co-pay. However, your doctor must write it on the Rx for 3 sets. Mail order may even allow for more.

    We called around a couple places to get Epipen prices… Walmart pharmacy $398 for epipen, cash price no insurance. Costco (you do not have to be a member to use their pharmacy) is 407.88$ cash price no insurance for .30 Epi about same price for the .15 Jr.

    ***Check for coupons…zero copay cards are still available, but take note, it may be 100$ off each set depending on your plan. https://www.epipen.com/en/copay-offer ***

    Here is some information from the FDA…

    Epinephrine auto-injectors look and function differently from one another, and they have different instructions for use and require different training.

    All epinephrine auto injectors listed in the FDA’s Orange Book are BX rated. A BX rating indicates that the FDA considers the data reviewed to be insufficient to determine therapeutic equivalence.

    There is no FDA-approved epinephrine auto-injector that is determined to be therapeutically equivalent to Epipen Auto-Injector.

    The product being marketed as a generic epinephrine auto-injector is an authorized generic of the Adrenaclick auto-injector only. It is not an A-rated generic alternative to any other epinephrine auto-injector except for Adrenaclick.

    When having a prescription filled, patients and/or caregivers should reinforce with the pharmacist the importance of getting the specific epinephrine auto-injector the physician prescribed and they are trained to use.

    Any questions, do not hesitate to contact your allergist/health care provider.

  • 33 More Nurses for CMS!!!!!!

    We have amazing news to share for the safety of our allergic children in schools. Mecklenburg County has just approved 33 more nurses which puts the ratio of 1 nurse per 900 children!!!! This would not have happened without the determination, drive, and... innumerable hours of tireless work from Teri Saurer. She will be the first to say she couldn’t have done it without her incredible team, Carrie Merner and Marguerite Fourqurean, Laurie Briggs, Laura Sharpe, Elyse Dashew, and many other PAK members who came to meetings and sent letters. We asked Teri to sum up how and why she spearheaded this effort for our community…
    “2 years ago I was getting ready to send my daughter with food allergies and a prior history of epilepsy to kindergarten and I could not fathom having her go without a school nurse there every day. It just did not seem to be safe to me so I wanted to look into and do something about it! I found our nurses are paid by the county Health Department, not the school district which was surprising. I went to speak at a public hearing about the need for nurses and kids who died in the US when there was no nurse. I was there myself with my husband and no one had talked about nurses in years. I got a standing ovation but no nurses. I vowed to come back the following year and speak and better understand the process, have supporters and get some nurses. That was May 2012. Fall of 2012-I decided to have a meeting at my clubhouse and we combined food allergies in the school along with school nurse advocacy. I really just wanted people who wanted to help but once I convinced the media to come, I needed people and since it was at my neighborhood clubhouse I begged my neighbors to come and it got lots of press. I found some other parents who were willing to help, give me political advice and pitch in. The rest of the story is how not just me, but a small handful of passionate parents made a difference by organizing people to write to elected officials etc. Here is what our small group accomplished:
    • Met with other commissioners
    • Starting sending emails and letters to elected officials
    • Met with the county Manager’s office along the way and they decided to start a school health task team that we were on with the Health Dept and CMS
    • Went to PAK events, Epilepsy Foundation and set up info booths
    • Got the Mecklenburg County Medical Society involved and writing letters supporting school nurses
    • Went back to the public hearing in May 2013 –this time we had about 40 supporters in red with signs. Made front page of Observer. Had speakers and got 11 more nurses and 2 Sups in the proposed budget. We thought we had them but money was taken away in the straw vote and we got those positions but had to wait ain until the year was half over.
    • Went back to work recruiting parents, going to PTA meeting, meeting commissioners, sending letters
    • Got a new County Manager and a new Health Dept Director both who were extremely supportive
    • COUNTY MANAGER SAID SHE GOT OVER 300 EMAILS ABOUT SCHOOL NURSES AND THAT WAS ISSUE THAT SHE HEARD ABOUT MOST!
    • Worked on the CMS School Advisory Council
    • June 2014-33 more nurses in budget – 1 for every school
    • All along the way-kept getting media, found parents with healthy kids that had issues that needed a nurse to help with media
    • Presented at children’s health summit last year and going back again
    • Will present to NC School nurse assoc.
    For those of you that do not know what has been happening in our local schools as far as nurses, here is a synopsis of the progress over the years…This is important not just to CMS families, but to our families in surrounding counties, as there is more work to be done there.
    CMS school nurse funding comes from the county. In 2006-2008 went from about 48 nurses to 117 when the Jr League was involved. They had a big campaign and commissioners agreed to increase nurses by about 25 each year until we met the CDC guidelines of 1 nurse per 750 students. Then the economy had a downturn in 2009 the increase of nurses stopped. CMS population continues to increase between 2009 and 2012, but not one more nurse was added. The Health Dept. had not requested it either until N.C. Parents Advocating School Health came along.

    So in 2012 we had 143,000 students approx. and 117 nurses for about 159 schools. While most high schools and some middle schools had a nurse every day, elementary schools shared them and most nurses in those schools were split between 2 schools. They were at your school 2-3 days per week with the secretaries giving meds, providing insulin etc while the nurse was not there. That also meant first responders (teachers, secretaries and other staff with brief first aid training) would tend to kids in emergencies. Many instances of unrecognized concussions/broken bones, medication errors. 2 of our speakers spoke about issues happening to healthy children who could have used a nurse (one had a first time allergic reaction in school and thankfully there WAS a nurse. Another had an undiagnosed CONCUSSION with NO nurse). Point being even healthy children need a nurse.

    Again CDC ratio 1 nurse per 750 children

    2012-1 nurse per about 1200
    2013-with our work we got 11 more nurses but not until second half of year for 1 nurse in about 1125 students
    2014-33 more nurses for 1 in every school or a ratio of 1 in 900!!!

    Our wonderful Health Dep.t Director, Dr. Pleascia want to continue the fight and get 1 nurse per 750. Even though high schools have a full time nurse most have between 2 and 3000 kids so one is not enough.

    Now we have to get these 33 nurses hired!!! They will not be in the place the start of the fall. They will come on as they get hired but by the middle to end of next school year we will have a nurse in every school. Several things went into this success…

    1. Parent advocacy-without this is would not have happened. No one had planned to ask for the money so we convinced that to happen
    2. New Health Dept. Director who said he saw we laid the groundwork so he could state the case for 1 nurse per school
    3. New County Manager willing to listen to the over 300 emails she said she received prior to March and many more since.
    4. County had a surplus so there were more funds than usual.
    5. Finding a supportive county commissioner (Kim Ratliff) willing to help stand up for school nurse funding.

    Parent advocacy can make a difference!!!!”

    Contact Teri tsaurer@ulliance.com Blog http://ncpash.weebly.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ncpash

     

  • Asthma 101 Tonight!

    Hope to see you at the Asthma 101. Feel free to bring any neighbors and friends that are dealing with asthma. Here is the info...

    ASTHMA TALK WITH DR. HUGH BLACK Thursday, June 12, 6:30 pm at Asthma and Allergy Specialists, PA ( www.asthmanc.com ) at the Arboretum office, 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte, 28277. Hugh R. Black, II, M.D. will be going over all aspects of asthma with our members and a q&a at the end.

  • Epinephrine in Schools Bill Advocacy Update

    Stock Epinephrine Update...State Senator Jeff Tarte will be holding two Town Halls in his district during the short legislative session of 2014. Senator Tarte will discuss pending legislation and other issues within his district. The Town Hall meetings are open to the public. Please RSVP to Staff@JeffTarte.com so space can be provided.

    ***Please email info@pakcharlotte.org if you can attend***

    The logistics for each Town Hall are ...below:

    Tarte Town Hall #1
    When: Friday, June 13th
    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Where: Matthews Town Hall
    232 Matthews Station St.
    Matthews, NC 28105

    Tarte Town Hall #2
    When: Friday, June 20th
    Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Where: Huntersville Town Hall
    101 Huntersville-Concord Rd.
    Huntersville, NC 28078

  • PAK Advocacy Update: School Nurses in CMS

    First I want to tell you the GREAT NEWS!!The County Manager came out with her proposed budget last week and it includes 33 more school nurses and 3 more school nurse Supervisors which will give us ONE NURSE IN EVERY CMS SCHOOL!!  We have never gotten to this point before so this is very exciting and a great success!  Thanks to all of you who have sent emails about this issue and done so much to help move this cause forward! 

     

    Here is a link to the proposed budget: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/05/29/4940066/mecklenburg-county-manager-proposed.html#.U4hgD-fD8qR

    Here is some new media about school nurses:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MeyfTfgHY8&list=UUiojtmX5D9CAxyIpA2AkfiA

    Although that is GREAT NEWS, Nothing is final until the County Commissioners vote so if ever there was a time for your help, it is now.  There are 3 IMPORTANT things left to do.

    1.  Come to the proposed budget public hearing wearing red on June 11 by 5pm.   The hearing begins at 6pm but they will stop allowing people in when the room is full.  In addition there is a big CMS rally for Teachers planned there from 4-6pm so it will be packed. Some of us plan to get there by 3pm to be sure we get parking. Since we support CMS and our Teachers we will go to the rally and that way we will be there once the doors open. There will be entertainment and food for purchase.  We will be having 5 sets of speakers so we want people sitting with us in red holding our signs.  Our speakers should be done within the first 60-90 minutes or less we hope.  WEAR RED AND BRING YOUR CHILDREN!

    Directions to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center and parking:  Mapquest or GPS to 600 E. Fourth Street Charlotte, NC 28202

    77 towards uptown Charlotte to EXIT 9B – which is labeled 277

    Take that to Exit 2A – Kenilworth/3rd Street/4th Street

    Once you take Exit 2A, however, the off ramp will split – the right part says  Kenilworth and the left is 3rd/4th Street which is what you want, so bear left.

    First light is 3rd Street-stay straight .  Go left at next light which is 4th Street

    You cross McDowell and keep straight on 4th Street

    Get into your left lane. Pass another light

    You will see flags on your left and camera crews-this is Government Center on your left

    Once you pass it make a LEFT onto S. DAVIDSON for parking.

    There is a parking garage on your right! (if you cross 3rd you went too far). Take a ticket but by the time you leave you will most likely not have to pay.

    Park in garage and cross street and walk up stairs to Government Center – you go through security and then keep straight and find the chambers.  If you are a speaker, you must check in. Others please get in line so you can get a sit as soon as doors open. The rally will be outside but please find someone in a red shirt that says “Healthy children learn better” or someone with nurse signs so we can tell you when to go inside.

    1. Continue sending emails to our elected officials even if you have done so already. 

    Now is the time to THANK our County Manager for putting more nurses in her proposed budget: Email her at  dena.diorio@mecklenburgcountync.gov

    It is also the time to email the Commissioners and thank them for hearing our concerns and ask them to support the County Manager’s budget regarding school nurses.  It is always best to send individual emails but if you do not have time, please cut and paste here:  trevor.fuller@mecklenburgcountync.gov, dumontclarke@mvalaw.com, patricia.cotham@mecklenburgcountync.gov, kim.ratliff@mecklenburgcountync.gov, karen.bentley@mecklenburgcountync.gov, vilma.leake@mecklenburgcountync.gov, george.dunlap@mecklenburgcountync.gov, wjames@carolina.rr.com, matthew.ridenhour@gmail.com

    There is also more information on our website at www.ncpash.weebly.com  and go to the You can Help tab.  Please spread the word. 

    1. Join us at the straw vote on June 12 at 2pm.  It starts at 3pm but is in a smaller room which will reach capacity.  We need some supporters there in red too.

    While this is not as important as June 11, it is when the actual decisions get made.  (this is not as kid friendly as June 11 but kids can go)

    For any questions, please contact Teri at tsaurer@ulliance.com

  • Sloane Miller & Kyle Dine Duet...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2xpKubOSIE&feature=youtu.be

    Here is a nice video to show your kids...

  • Welcome to the new PAK blog...again

    PAK JUNE NEWSLETTER:

    New blog update: We were informed recently that our provider was cancelling their blog service and we needed to find a new blog! Untimely, since we had just converted to the new blog only a few months ago. We are glad to be up and running again to all our faithful PAK members!

    Here is what we have coming up...

    ASTHMA MEETING Thursday, June 12, 6:30 pm at Asthma and Allergy Specialists, PA (www.asthmanc.com) at the Arboretum office, 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte, 28277. Hugh R. Black, II, M.D. will be going over all aspects of asthma with our members and a question and answer session at the end. RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org.

    2014 has been exciting year for the food allergy community. We are pleased to announce we are working closely with THREE amazing national organizations to help our support group be the best it can be...

    AAFA-Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has strengthened their support group leader network through conference calls and have been a great resource supplying us with materials for our asthma meeting coming up this month. www.aafa.org for more information on this great organization.

    FAACT- Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team will be holding a conference on September 20th close to home...in Atlanta! Go to http://www.foodallergyawareness.org/ for more information.

    FARE- Food Allergy Research and Education continues to support our group funding the EMT anaphylaxis training that Dr. Jennifer Caceido of AAIR of Charlotte is working on with PAK co-leader, Jennifer Youse. We are gearing up for the 9th annual Walk for Food Allergy on Saturday, November 1st, 9 am at Freedom Park. Check out the Walk page at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1106137 and check out the FARE website for innumerable resources at www.foodallergy.org

    In other news, there is a No Nuts group formed in Tega Cay area, if you are interested in joining and for information on playgroups and get togethers closer to that area, email Jessica Sheena NNMGCharlotte@gmail.com.

    As our group continues to grow and spread throughout the Charlotte area, please do not hesitate to email us at info@pakcharlotte.org if you are interested in hosting meetings/gettogethers closer to home. We will be happy to post it here and to the PAK Facebook group.

    ADVOCACY UPDATES

    CMS School Nurse Advocacy: Wednesday, June 11 at 5pm Government Center at 600 E. Fourth Street. This is the public hearing for the proposed budget. This is a very important meeting and we ask supporters to come and wear red in support of more school nurse funding. We will have speakers. This starts at 6pm but last year the doors closed early because the room was full so we are meeting at 5pm. Children are welcome. Please wear red and bring your friends. Please email ncpash@yahoo.com for directions and parking info. If you want more information to help support this worthy cause: www.ncpash.weebly.com

    N.C. House Bill 824 – Epi Pens in Schools is still alive from last session. It will be in the Senate Appropriations on Education/Higher Education Committee when the North Carolina General Assembly starts in May. We need handwritten letters to the three co-chairs of this Committee. They would not let it be heard last session. If we don't get the Bill out of Committee, it will die. Ideally, it would be great to get folks to write letters from the counties of these three Senators. So, please pass it on if you know folks who live in their counties. Also, you may want to call Senator Brock's office (919-715-0690) or email him at andrew.brock@ncleg.net. He initiated similar legislation in the Senate last year, but it did not get out of Committee either and is now dead. We want to encourage him to talk to his fellow Senators about the importance of this Bill.

    House Bill 824: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=h824

    Epi Pens in Schools

    Co-Chairs

    Senator Tom Apodaca

    Phone: (919) 733-5745

    Email: Tom.Apodaca@ncleg.net

    Legislative Mailing Address:

    NC Senate

    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2010

    Raleigh, NC 27601-2808

    Counties Represented:

    Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania

    Senator Dan Soucek

    Phone: (919) 733-5742

    Email: Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net

    Legislative Mailing Address:

    NC Senate

    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 310

    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Counties Represented:

    Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga

    Senator Jerry Tillman

    Phone:(919) 733-5870

    Email: Jerry.Tillman@ncleg.net

    Legislative Mailing Address:

    NC Senate

    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 627

    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Counties Represented:

    Moore, Randolph

    Thank you for your support!

    PAK Coordinators

  • PAK asthma meeting with Dr. Hugh Black coming up in June! Save the Date!

    doc

    We are pleased to announce a meeting all about asthma coming up on Thursday, June 12, 6:30 pm at Asthma and Allergy Specialists, PA ( www.asthmanc.com  ) at the Arboretum office, 8045 Providence Road, Suite 300, Charlotte, 28277.

     

    Hugh R. Black, II, M.D. will be going over all aspects of asthma with our members and a q&a at the end. RSVP to info@pakcharlotte.org. Thanks!

     

    Here is Dr. Black's bioCollege: Washington & Lee University
    Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Internship and Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonary

    Dr. Black was attracted to the medical profession and to pediatrics due to the immediate impact he was able to make on his patients' lives. Completing his residency in General Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary, he focused on treating children with allergies, asthma, and Cystic Fibrosis. As an adjunct teaching professor for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he enjoys teaching local physicians in training (residents) and medical students from UNC Chapel Hill.

    He has been a part of the UNC medical school teaching program in Charlotte for 15 years. Dr. Black has done extensive research on Cystic Fibrosis and is co-director of the Western Carolina Cystic Fibrosis Center. Additionally, he has ongoing participation in asthma related research and is currently active in the Charlotte Pediatric Medical Society. In his spare time, Dr. Black spends time with his wife and two children, and he helps in community outreach efforts to shelter homeless families. He was voted Top Doc in pediatric allergy and pediatric pulmonary medicine in the Charlotte area.




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