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RVA Parenting: The Teal Pumpkin Project

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This Halloween, several children with food allergies will dress up and go trick-or-treating, but not all of them will be able to gorge on chocolate and lollipops.

For children with food allergies, this can be a dangerous holiday, which is why the Teal Pumpkin Project was started to let children know your home will be providing a safe treat.

If you’d like to participate, just put a teal pumpkin outside to let kids and families know you have a safe alternative. You can give out non-food items instead. Stickers, small toys, glow sticks, and bouncy balls are all great and affordable options.

Halloween candy may present health risks to children with food allergies. Make sure you know these five label reading "tricks" to make sure your Halloween "treats" are safe. 

If you’re not ready to do arts and crafts yourself, check out these popular retailers helping FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) shine a light on the Teal Pumpkin Project through the following products and promotional efforts.

While it is possible to be allergic to almost any food, many popular Halloween candies contain peanuts, nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common food allergens. The Teal Pumpkin Project Essentials Kit is stuffed full of fun non-food treats and is the easiest way to get non-food treats delivered to your door in time for a safe and Happy Halloween!

Here are a few blogs on the subject:

This spice cake is “Top 8” allergy free, and it’s teal.

Lisa Mounayar lives in our area with her three children. Two of them count on teal pumpkins to have a fun and safe Halloween. Here’s her heartfelt letter:

Dear family and friends,

Our son has  many food allergies to many different foods and environmental All of which are severe and can be life threatening.
If you have never witnessed anaphylaxis, consider yourself lucky. As a parent and as a child it is absolutely frightening.

For my son, he  gets hives from head to toe, his throat swells, he screams, drools, has a asthma attack and  can’t breathe. We must give the epinephrine immediately and a breathing treatment, follow it up with a visit to the ER and then continue to monitor him for the next 24-48 hours because he may need an additional dose of epi.

It’s agony to see your child suffer and to not sleep for 24 hours because you are listening in case their breathing changes.

Please consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year for Halloween for children with food allergies or other health conditions.

Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since most candy is off limits.
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What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

All you've got to do is put a teal pumpkin outside your house to indicate to trick-or-treaters and their parents that you are ready and willing to provide non-food items like stickers, glow sticks, and various other trinkets that won't trigger food allergies. This way, Halloween can be fun for all kids.

I have Joined the Teal Pumpkin Project!

The pledge reads:

This Halloween, I pledge to show, some extra kindness to the kids I know. I’ll get some non-food treats at the store, like glow sticks, bracelets, stickers and more! I will put my teal pumpkin out on proud display, on my porch. My teal pumpkin means I support
children with food allergies and other health conditions that can't have candy or food related products because all kids deserve to have a safe, Happy Halloween.

Thanks for helping include all children in the Halloween tradition.

THANK YOU to everyone who helps and cares  to include ALL children!!!!!

This is another reason we do the Teal Pumpkin Project..

As many of you know two of our children,  Alex, Lynzy , and other children and adults, suffer from a rare autoimmune disease called Eosinophilic Disease ("EGID").  We  are reaching out to our family and friends so spread awareness and ask for your support!

Did you know that patients with EGIDs are literally allergic to food? The proteins in food cause a buildup of a type of white blood cell, called an eosinophil, in the digestive tract and blood.

Eosinophils are meant to attack parasites, but the body of a patient with EGIDs mistakes food for a parasite.  As a result, the buildup of eosinophils causes numerous and very serious health problems, including failure to thrive, uncontrollable vomiting, severe
stomach and throat pain, inability to sleep, joint pain, and long term damage,  just to name a few. Many people with EGIDs can only eat one or two foods and need a feeding tube to survive.

CAN YOU IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT FOOD? Not eating or being on a limited diet can isolate you from everything.

CURED is a charity that I am actively involved with that raises money to find better treatments and a cure for Eosinphilic Diseases.

CURED has donated $4,000,000 to research over the past 12 years.

We are reaching out to our friends and family in hope that you will support CURED’s mission. During these hard economic times it is not easy to ask for donations, but the need for support continues. We appreciate any level of donation you are generous enough
to give.

Checks should be made payable to CURED and sent to P.O. Box 32, Lincolnshire, IL 60069 or click here and make a donation via Pay Pal. Please note Mounayar kids  on your check or in the message section online.

We encourage you to take one more step. Please forward this email to your family and friends or share on your facebook wall and change your fb profile picture to the purple CURED ribbon. The more people we reach, the more likely it will be that we reach our goal.

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