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This is my first opportunity to post since Food Allergy Awareness Week. My boy has had a busy month!
We attended a Kyle Dine concert hosted by the Austin Families with Food Allergies and as the PR volunteer – I was busy snapping photos. I didn’t realize that the NPR/ KUT Austin crew who were there to interview, snapped a shot of the boy! I received a call from a friend travelling in Iowa. She’d gone to NPR’s website and was tickled to see the kid’s face on their homepage. I must admit…so was I!
Then, there’s the 3rd Annual Food Allergy Retreat. Instead of the usual 6 and under obstacle courses, my bravehearted 5 year old was persistent on going with the 6 and up crowd. He wanted to hang out with his 9 year old buddy, Noah. – AND to our dismay, climbed a 40 foot rock wall and ziplined for the first time!
We’re collecting non-persishable food items FREE of the top 8 food allergens. I was inspired 3 years ago, as I read an article in Living Without Magazine titled, “Special Diet Pantries.” It made me think about the food insecure and families with food allergies right here in the Austin community. We’re currently in the phase of collecting food, but also collecting donations via the Austin Community Foundation.
We also received news coverage during Food Allergy Awareness Week – with a little help from our allergist and friend, Dr. Allen Lieberman at the Asthma and Allergy Center of Austin. Here “he” is again!
If I include our Houston trip and the Austin parks we frequented – It was March ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!!! Fun and exhausting.
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This week is the 18th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Week, from May 11 – 17, 2014. Austin Families with Food Allergies (AFFA) has shared a few ways you can get involved:
Monday, May 12:
Tuesday, May 13:
Wednesday, May 14:
Thursday, May 15:
Friday, May 16:
Saturday, May 17:
For more information on Food Allergy Awareness Week (and giveaways), visit our Facebook page here.
Austin Families with Food Allergies is a support group of parents located throughout the Austin-metro area raising children with food allergies. The Austin Walk for Food Allergy is organized by Austin Families with Food Allergies in conjunction with The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).
FARE is a non-profit organization that provides services nationwide, funds research of food allergies and has been at the forefront of progress in food allergy awareness, advocacy, education, and research. Findings from FARE-sponsored studies have been used to change laws here in Texas, improve school policies, raise public awareness, and provide education for patients, caregivers and health professionals. Funds from programs like the FARE Walk for Food Allergy support FARE’s efforts to achieve these feats.
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CHRISTMAS EVE we decided to spend Xmas day with the in-laws. Although staying home would’ve been easier, the kid loves it there and it’s been our usual “thing” for years now. With travel, comes packing…and ever since we received the multiple food allergy diagnosis, we usually pack –
Hundreds of miles from home – we tend to overpack! (see below)
OH! and for us??? A small bag with changing clothes and toiletries. I also juiced before leaving, so I brought along my own veggie juice!
THIS IS FOR 3 DAYS!!