November 14, 2011

Food Allergies Rock: The Kids' Perspective

I think I speak for both Irene and myself when I say that we are both still on top of the world about last Sunday's event.  We met so many happy parents and adorable children who were delighted to be celebrating their food allergies with us.

Giving my children an opportunity to see that there are lots of other kids out there with food allergies or who support allergy awareness was a really unique experience.  So we thought it only fair to get the kids' perspective on the event.  We asked our kids to draw and write about Food Allergies Rock!  Enjoy!

By Tristan, reluctant writer/willing party-goer:

Ryken, who we had assumed blacked out after inhaling four Tofutti ice cream sandwiches that day, fondly remembered Kyle's performance and the tasty samples.  Clearly he partook in the many Ryken-safe treats there was at the event:

"I liked Kyle Dine's singing.  I liked the Miglet's cupcake and sugar cookie.  I liked Mary's Gone Crackers cookie.  I liked the molasses cookie, the pumpkin pie pocket, and ice cream sandwiches.  I had two Zicos.  It's one of my favorite drinks.  And I liked to play with the play dough." (Editor's note: Can't you just see Ryken as an ad man someday?  He sure knows how to plug products!)

Three-year-old Callan drew about his memories and attempted to write Kyle Dine's name. (C Di -- not bad!)  He said this about his picture:

"Kyle Dine is singing.  I liked eating the desserts and playing with the play dough.  My favorite dessert was EVERYTHING!"

Still singing the refrain from "My Epineph-Friend"?  Are they still talking about the gluten-free play dough or the treats?  We would love to hear about your kids' memories from the event!

Have you checked out our snazzy event t-shirts?  Whether you attended the event or just want one to show off your support, you can get one now.  Pre-order your t-shirt to ensure that you get the perfect fit for you or the allergic rocker in your life.

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  1. What a great event! Can you throw one in Montreal too??!! Seriously, you should take the show on the road.

    I came across your site on the Circle of Mom's top 25 Food Allergy Mom Blogs. It's given me the idea to start a blog hop for allergies, asthma and eczema - parents or adults dealing with the condition. Please check out the page here and add a comment if you'd like to join. Thanks!

    Also, I'm looking for guest bloggers - may a story about the idea behind the event and the work that went into it...and I love the kids perspectives too!


  2. Thanks for finding us, Jennifer! I left our info on your blog hop post. It's a brilliant idea.

    The motivation to have this event really grew from Kyle Dine's planned trip to California for the FAAN walk in San Diego. Without him to headline the event (and he was awesome), I'm honestly not sure we would have taken the plunge. :) I'm glad we did. We met a lot of great local allergy-friendly businesses and families. It was a treat to see kids enjoying themselves!

    Looking forward to following your blog!

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