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.

 

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

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 EventTo 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