It is that time of year again. For kids, it is a time to dress up as someone else and reap the benefits of trick or treat. For food allergic parents, it is a time to plan for a safe yet fun Halloween to ensure that our children enjoy the holiday without feeling left out.
Thanks to Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta, the 2011 allergy friendly halloween trunk or treat will help ensure that kids with food allergies have a ball at Halloween.
Join us for the Food Allergy Walk in Atlanta on October 2. Money raised will help research food allergies and anaphylaxis of which there is currently no cure. There is also a blog about the walk. There will be lots of free fun family festivities after the walk in Dunwoody, GA as well.
Check-in for the Atlanta walk is at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. It’s a two-mile walk, and baby strollers and wagons are welcome. A DJ, moonwalk, games, sponsor exhibits, and more will be onsite.
Atlanta’s 2010 honorary chairs include:
- Luqman Seidu, M.D. (Georgia Allergy)
- Kathleen Sheerin, M.D. (Atlanta Allergy & Asthma)
- Stephanie Nelson (“Coupon Mom”)
- Jake Feldman (Teen ambassador)
If you can’t participate, you can support a walker (me), give directly to the walk site, or volunteer on Walk Day. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register online. Please note: All walk participants, including children and infants in strollers/wagons, must be registered.
You can also currently nominate a child to be FAAN’s 2011 National Child Ambassador. Each $10 vote for your child is a donation to FAAN.
Also, welcome Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta. FA Kids of Atlanta was created to support families who manage food allergies, educate those who care for our children, and create a safer environment in the local area for food allergic individuals.
We are parents of food allergic children and advocates in our community, raising awareness on the importance of food allergy prevention and the seriousness in food allergy reactions.
Food Allergy is an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.
Symptoms of a food allergy can range from mild to severe, and the amount of food necessary to trigger a reaction varies from person to person and can even be triggered by just a trace amount of an allergy-causing food. Symptoms of a food allergy may include:
Rash or hives
Shortness of breath
Swelling of the airways to the lungs
Anaphylaxis (a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction)
Over 12 million Americans have food allergies (that’s 1 in 25), and many experts insist that number is increasing. Just as an example: the incidence of a peanut allergy in children doubled in a five-year period (1997-2002).
Food allergies are most common in kids under three, where the occurrence is now one in 17 children. (My child falls into that category.) Food allergies are life-altering for everyone involved — not just the kids (I know this from experience!).
Only eight foods account for 90% of the food-allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. And for those who may be unaware, even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction; there are no cures for food allergies.
The Children’s Center for Hope and Healing Announces the 3rd Annual Gala for Hope & Healing and Silent Auction Benefit on October 23, 2010.
Fundraiser Supports Northeast Georgia Nonprofit Dedicated to Stopping the Cycle of Child Sexual Abuse and to Preventing the Exploitation of Children.
3rd Annual Gala for Hope & Healing
Make plans now to attend the Gala for Hope & Healing (gala flyer 11 x 8.5) on October 23rd at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia.
The event will feature the savory hors d’oeuvres of Scott’s on the Square, wine, and the live, musical entertainment of pianist and jazz artist Larry Barker and ensemble. Inspired by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Clark Terry, Barker has played with the Drifters, the Glenn Miller Band, and the US Army Band—among others.
The gala will also feature a silent auction with offerings including
- 3 one-day passes for two people to Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville
- A one-week vacation on beautiful St. Simon’s Island
- Original artwork by local artists
- A 2-night stay in a fabulous Las Vegas casino
- Admission to the Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier
- A one-night stay at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville
In 2009, the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing offered counseling services to nearly 700 people from 17 counties of Northeast Georgia.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before his or her 18th birthday.
About The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing
The Children’s Center for Hope & Healing (formerly the Family Relations Program) is dedicated to stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse and to preventing the exploitation of children. For twenty-six years, we’ve served northeast Georgia by providing counseling, education, and advocacy for those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse through our four programs: Victims’ Services, Project Pathfinder, Women’s Services, and Prevention Services. All of our services are free or, in the case of Project Pathfinder and our Psychosexual Evaluations, are low-cost. Any one can make a referral or request services. You do not have to have DFCS involvement to receive services. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse, call 770.532.6530 to get help.