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

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