Meet Kate

Kate is a sweet little 4 y/o girl who is full of life and lots of spunk.  She also has multiple life threatening food allergies and severe asthma that have a huge impact on her daily life.   There is no cure for food allergies. The only way to prevent an anaphylactic life-threatening allergic reaction is strict avoidance of her allergens. Simple things that most take for granted like a sandwich, a glass of milk, pizza, chocolate, etc… could kill within minutes. 

Kate has had countless allergic reactions and trips to the ER.   Most of her reactions have been from coming into physical contact with her allergens and not necessarily from ingesting them. Cheese residue on a play ground, the smell of eggs cooking, fresh pizza, etc… Ingestion reactions cause her blood pressure to drop so quickly that she looses consciousness very quickly and goes into what is known as anaphylactic shock. Typically with each severe reaction, it can take two – three weeks of breathing treatments and steroids to recover.

In the spring of 2009, we learned about an organization that trains dogs for children with severe, life-threatening food allergies like Kate’s.  We met with the founder at the Thrive Expo in Chicago in April 2009 and started our fundraising journey to getting a dog for Kate.  Finally, in April 2010, we traveled to Colorado Springs, Co. where we trained with Kate’s dog, Clifford for two weeks.  Clifford is amazing!  He can detect tiny amounts of her allergens in any form.. flour, oils, butters, baked in, etc… in any environment including schools, movie theatres, libraries, playgrounds, etc…   He has also benefited Kate’s brother, Nick who has a life-threatening nut allergies. 

This site was originally set up for fundraising purposes to get Clifford.  Service Dogs typically cost between $15,000 - $22,000 since they require extensive training that can take a couple of years.  Thank you to the many people, businesses and organizations who helped us get Clifford.  He is one awesome dog! 

If you would like to learn more about food allergies, Kate’s mom is a certified PAC consultant (Protect Allergic Children) and will gladly educate local families, schools, churches, camps, etc… on how to protect allergic children.  She has also created several products to help keep Kate safe.  She is happy to make similar for other families.  PLease visit www.alertwear.com.  You can contact Ann at ak94kate@yahoo.com.

A video montage for Nick & Kate that tells a bit more about their story:

Join Kate’s Cause on Facebook to receive updates.  If you would like to help another child raising funds for a service dog, please contact Angel Service Dogs through  www.angelservicedogs.com

Judged

We do not hear many comments directly but, beneath the surface, you can feel the rumblings.  I am certain that as I walk away from many conversations that there are conversations about our extreme situation.  Some with empathy and others with hatefulness.  I don’t fully understand though how my child’s disability is cause for such hatefulness.  Read the below comment that I read yesterday in regards to a report that a few Canadian churches are going above and beyond to accommodate people with life-threatening allergies. 

 “Why does the vast majority of the human race have to adapt for the genetic weaklings?

If someone is so allergic that they cannot function in normal society, they should quite simply be institutionalized.

The simple threat of institutionalization would cure many of these allergy sufferers, whose ailment is mostly, if not entirely, in their minds.

I’m sorry, but a religious institutions should NEVER even CONSIDER giving up or changing their rituals for a select few.

And by the way, I am not religious at all. But I do wear aftershave, and will ALWAYS wear aftershave, despite what the nanny staters want me to do.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2010/10/14/con-church-allergies.html#ixzz12R29wokL

Again, WHY is my child’s disability igniting such hatefulness in grown adults?   How is serving gluten-free waffers and switching to less fragrant flowers any different then installing ramps and hand rails?  It is no wonder that there is such a bullying epidemic among our nation’s children when the adults that are leading the way are not teaching empathy and acceptance.

Atrovent…

I am my daughter’s advocate, I am my daughter’s advocate, I am my daughter’s advocate….  Ugg.  No matter how much I question every little thing, hear the snippy comments of those who think I am a wee bit overboard (the “Munchausen’s Mom”), check every freakin’ label and now have a service dog to check it all again, I am ultimately my daughter’s advocate.  I can not lay down my “sword” or relenquish the “battle” for a single moment.  As much as I trust doctors, teachers, friends and relatives, at the end of the day, she is my responsibility.  And as hard as it is for me to even grasp the severity of her allergy, I am the closest one to “getting it”.  Her survival (and my son’s) is very much dependent on my advocacy.

ad·vo·cate

–verb (used with object)
1.to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.

–noun
2. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually fol. by of ): an advocate of peace.
3. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
4. a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.

So, what more could I have done when I gave the ER intake nurse her list of life-threatening food allergies?  Or when I quizzed them on every drug that they were about to administer?  Or when I shared with everyone that entered the room just how serious her allergies are?  I even showed the Dr. pictures of our beloved Clifford, our allergy alert service dog!  Now, I wish I had taken him with us.

And despite all my efforts,  she was given the generic of Atrovent in a nebulizer treatment along with Albuterol and Orapred.  I watched in horror as her face turned bright red and swelled to shape of a Cabbage Patch Kid…  I begged the nurses to quickly give her an epi-pen as I dug through my purse to grab one to administer myself.   In retrospect, I am somewhat comforted that they too were baffled by her allergic reactions.  I have many times made the mistake of treating each individual symptom with other drugs rather than giving her the epi-pen.  That fear is gone.  I got to see just how she would react to it there.  No, she rarely gets hives when she is going into anaphylaxis and she rarely swells either.  It was definitely a different reaction but, I knew we needed to act quickly.  Her pulse/oxygen levels quickly dropped to the low 80s and her breathing was clearly labored.  She was begging for help and coughing and crying.  Every tear left behind welts as her membranes were loaded with this toxic substance.

Thankfully the epinephrine did turn the symptoms around.  So, what caused this horrible reaction from a medicine that is supposed to improve one’s breathing?  PEANUTS!  Why the heck would any company put peanut oil in a medicine used for asthma when so many peanut allergic people have asthma.  And even more maddening… WHY is there NO warning on the labels or inserts???   Somehow these sites know about it though: http://www.drugs.com/pdr/atrovent.html  and http://www.healthline.com/goldcontent/ipratropium-2 Mobile Downloads 300

 

When we finally got home from the ER, I searched online and found several stories of the exact same thing happening to other children as far back as 1998!  After sharing our recent experience with other parents, I learned that the exact same thing happened to two other children that I know!

If this has happened to your child, even if it was months or years ago, PLEASE report it to the FDA!  With enough reports, the manufacturers will be forced to disclose this at the very least on the inserts and could be forced to remove the peanut oil from the product all together.

Also, if you have had similar problems with other drugs (even with other food allergies), PLEASE comment here so that we can all help each other!

Food Allergens in Drugs

Please add any drugs you know about in the comment section below.  I will add them to the list.  Thanks!

Dairy – Milk

RELENZA® (zanamivir) Inhalation Powder, for oral inhalation
Advair® Diskus®
Serevent® Diskus®

Flovent Diskus
Foradil® Aerolizer®
Singulair®  10 mg tablets

Eggs
Most Anesthetics
Flu Vaccines

Peanuts
Atrovent (generic for nebulizer manufactured by Nephron)
Propoven (imported anesthetic – used when Propofol was in short supply)

Tree Nuts 

Soy 

Wheat 

Shell Fish 

Fish

This is obviously not a complete list and as with everything in the food allergy world, always read the label and ask your doctor. 

FAQ about Clifford

How is it that you can take Clifford into stores, restaurants and schools? 
We often chuckle at the people who see us with Clifford, go out to their car and bring their dog into the store and then are stopped.  It is a great reminder to us that not everyone is aware of service dogs and the rights of the handlers under ADA laws.  For this reason, Clifford wears a vest, even though it is not required by law.  Here is a link for your reference: http://www.ada.gov/svcanimb.htm
Clifford, by law, is allowed to go anywhere his handler, trainer or recipients of his work go.  He can only be asked to leave if he is disrupting business by barking or growling or acting unruly and the handler cannot get him under control.  He cannot be removed for things like pet allergies, fears or for sanitary reasons. 

What is the penalty if I refuse to allow a service dog into my business? 
The laws vary from state to state, as do the penalties.  In the state of Illinois, Clifford is protected under the White Cane Law.  This is a civil law meaning that the individual person that refused entrance is personally liable for the penalty.  The penalty can be up to $2,500 and a year in prison.  http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ddusassistanceanimal.htm

He is also protected under the ADA law above. 

Can you prove that he is certified? 
Because there are no governing units that certify service dogs, we are not legally required to prove that he is a service dog or who is handler is.  He was trained by Angel Service Dogs to perform the function of alerting to whey, peanuts and eggs.  He was then certified by an independent agency on those things before we took ownership of him.  I was certified by Angel Service Dogs to have completed a basic two-week handler’s course with Clifford.  Although there are no governing bodies that certify service dogs, there are penalties for falsely claiming that an animal is a service animal. 

Who does Clifford serve?
Clifford serves both of our children.  Eventually, he will go to school with Kate.  Both kids have life-threatening food allergies and Clifford is able to serve both of their needs.  When the kids are together, he is helping both.  When there are situations that are out of the ordinary at school, Clifford will be there for Nick at this time since Clifford does not stay with Kate at school.   

Why do your kids not handle Clifford?
Both kids are learning to handle Clifford but, neither is ready to be fully responsible for handling him yet.   

What exactly does Clifford do? 
I spent 120 hours with Clifford’s trainers learning what his unique changes in behavior are when he alerts to an allergen.  There is a lot of unseen communication between Clifford and his handlers.  He tugs towards and sniffs out allergens.  When commanded by the handler to “seek” or “check it” he will tug and sniff with intensity and usually sit and point with his nose when asked to “show me”.  Below is a recent training session:

 

This is a small piece of a cheese slice in a plastic container.  I placed it on our grill which has never been used for products containing any of the kid’s allergens. 

 

I then shut the case to prevent any cross contamination.  I used rubber gloves while handling the cheese and removed my gloves to shut the case.  There are small holes drilled into the box to release the odor in a safe way that also prevents Clifford from coming in contact with the allergen.  Contact allergens are tricky and require a lot of attention to details like this!  After I placed the test case, I let it sit for 20 -30 minutes to allow for a scent trail to be created.  We make most of the training somewhat easy to get him excited about real life scenarios. 

 

 And then we start our search.  I actually started on the other end of the house and had him search the entire area along the wall before we got to this point.  Here he is definitely onto the scent.  He is sniffing like crazy at the right spot. 

 

Not the best picture with my cell phone but, he is sitting and looking at me to let me know that he has found something.  He is waiting patiently to be rewarded with a special toy.  I then asked him to “show me”. 

 

He then “shows me” and I reward him.  Such a good dog!  He will on occasion “false” alert.  I know he is falsing because he will not “show me”, be easily pulled off to continue to search or he will sit and stare at his toy instead of me.  He sometimes will also alert in a slightly different location.  For example, if the wind were blowing and the scent was being carried out the back of the grill, he might have alerted to the back of the grill.  It is just as important that I be trained on the environmental factors that impact scent work for this reason.  To him, this is all a game.  He has no idea that he is protecting our children. 

Does Clifford stay in your home or sleep in bed with your kids? 
Yes, he does stay in our home.  He is a working dog, however, when the vest is off, he is all puppy.  He loves our family and works very hard for us.  We shower him with love but, respect the fact that if we overdo the spoiling that we may diminish his training.  He sleeps in a kennel and only plays with his favorite stuffed / squeaky toys when he is being rewarded for work.  We do not really take him on many walks because he goes with us everywhere.  He enjoys racing around the backyard, chasing after balls and bones and playing with the kids on a daily basis.   

Why can’t I pet Clifford? 
There are many reasons that you should never pet any working dog.  The main reason is that it distracts him from his work.  He works to earn a reward and if everyone were to pet service dogs, then they would work to get public attention and not do the job they were intended to do.  It is especially important that you not pet Clifford because most people wash their hands before they eat but, not after.  Clifford is like a big napkin!  Whatever trace amounts of food is left on your hands can transfer to Clifford making it difficult for him to work and putting the kids at risk when they love on Clifford.   Surprisingly, kids win on behavior here.  They almost always ask if they can pet our dog and after they are told no once, they usually ignore him.  Many adults just walk up and start petting him even though he has a large patch on his vest that says “Do not pet!”.  This one still baffles me.  So, please be the example to children on how to appropriately approach a dog and the etiquette for service dogs.  Not all dogs are safe to be petted. 

Why are you or your kids petting Clifford then? 
One, he works for us.  He longs to be rewarded and should only be rewarded by those who he works for.  Two, we wash our hands after eating any of the allergens that could do harm.  We do have a rule, “when the vest is on, the hands are off”.  This mainly applies when we are doing searches but, if loving on Clifford is distracting him to the point that he breaks his work mode then, he has to stop and Clifford has to be redirected. 

Can I give Clifford a treat? 
No, for the same reason given above and he is on an allergen-free diet. He must not eat anything that the kids are allergic to.  He loves to give kisses and licking them after eating an allergen would put them at risk for a severe reaction. 

Do you take Clifford everywhere you go? 
No.  He is a tool in the toolbox.  When the benefit of using him improves the situation then, we take him.  It is a lot of work to have Clifford with us and at times he slows down what we are doing.  Undoubtedly, people will stop us and ask about him too.  Please note we are not at all bothered by questions and welcome them!  It is a great opportunity for us to educate others about anaphylaxis and life-threatening food allergies.  When we are in a hurry to get in and out of a place, we leave him in the car if it is safe for him.  We also leave him at home if we are doing an activity that he cannot be included in (for example, going to a water park). 

How old is Clifford?  How long can you use him?
His birthday is November 24, 2008.  Hopefully, he will live a long and happy life.  We do expect that we may need to have a second dog trained when Clifford is between 7 – 10 years old. 

Where does he go potty? 
Yes, even adults ask us this!  He will only go potty in our backyard.  He is as stubborn as a mull and was not trained this way but, it is a blessing except on vacation.  He will literally hold it for more than a day if he does not have the yard and some privacy.  So, no worries.  The kids will not be picking up poop on the playground at school!  Nor will they be asking for a hall pass to take the dog for a walk. 

How much did he cost?
He costs $15,000.  We did several fundraisers over a year to pull the money together for Clifford.  He is worth every penny of it!  I am sure that over his lifetime we will more than save that much on ER visits alone! 

Does insurance cover any of the costs? 
No.  Service dogs are not covered under medical insurance.  His expenses (food, grooming, vet bills, etc… ) are considered a medical expense though and we can be reimbursed for those expenses through our flexible spending account. 

How long was he trained?
His training started the day he was born.  He was with one of the breeder’s family for the first three months.  After that, he went to live with a puppy raising family for nine months and then he went to live with a family that does scent detection work.  Each family had children and they each adored him and loved on him.  He is one well rounded, very loved dog! 

What kind of dog is Clifford? 
Clifford is a Portuguese Water Dog.  From what we know, his parents are Westminster Show dogs and he is somehow related to “Bo”, President Obama’s dog.  Clifford was specifically chosen for our family due to Kate and her dad’s severe dander allergies.  Portuguese Water Dogs and Australian Labradoodles are the only breeds of dogs Angel Service Dogs will use for kids with pet allergies. 

If you have additional questions, please comment and we will be happy to answer them.  Thanks!

Bullies

 Grrr… My frustration level is rather high this week.  Two kids in the neighborhood thought it would be fun to chase my kids with a bowl full of peanuts.  After they sat and ate the peanuts while taunting my kids, they then pretended to be “Peanut Zombies” and chase the kids.  When all was said and done, they covered the yard of the vacant house next door (where all the kids play together) with peanuts that they crushed while my kids ran to safety at home.  While neither of my kids came into physical contact with the peanuts, the airborne allergens alone were enough to cause Kate some stomach issues immediately.  Today she missed school due to a fever.  I am not sure if it is related or not but, she was fine yesterday until all of this happened. 

In an effort to nip this in the bud, I contacted the parents.  One of the kids is a second time offender and his mother was absolutely no help.  She stated that she watched from the window the entire time and her son did not get anywhere near my kids with peanuts.  Funny though, I asked her daughter before I approached their home what had happened and she stated the exact same thing that my kids told me.  At any rate, it may seem like I am making mountains out of mole hills if you don’t understand anaphylaxis and life-threatening food allergies.  After I spoke with her, I contacted the police and filed a report, contacted the school and busing and let them know of the bullying incident.  This is really serious.  It cannot happen again. 

I am very thankful for the support system that I have in other food allergy parents and concerned friends.  I learned of two stories that might help us all to see the legal ramifications of such an act as well.  http://www.seattlepi.com/local/309755_poison31.html  and http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/19/national/main4029180.shtml.  So, if you think this was a childish prank that was harmless, think again.  At the very least, this was a hate crime.. and at the most, assault with a deadly weapon or attempted murder.  

By the way, Clifford saved the day!  He searched the area and together we cleaned up the peanuts.  What an awesome dog!  There is no way I would have found all the fragments of peanuts alone. 

Some helpful resources I found that may help other food allergy families:

http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Articles/English/bullying.htm
 http://www.foodallergy.org/page/teasing-and-bullying
http://allergicchild.com/foodallergyandschools.htm
http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/index.html
Illinois State Board of Education’s Stance:
http://www.isbe.net/pdf/ED-INSIGHT4-01.pdf

Back to School

I am so proud of my kiddos, our sweet Clifford and District 34.  They have gone above and beyond to help the kids and allow Clifford to do his job!  Nick is in a class that only allows fruits and veggies in the room and Kate’s class only allows for specific pre-approved snacks.  Her class has set up a wet wipes, hand cleaning station with a gate at the door.  The only way to enter the classroom is by cleaning your hands first. 

 Today, Kate had an asthma attack within the first 20 minutes of class.  Kate let the teacher know that she needed her medicine and the nurse responded quickly by coming to her (rather than her going to the nurses station).  She gave her a treatment while she watched “Alexander the Allergic Elephant” with the rest of her class.  She then stayed with her and watched for other symptoms and called me to let me know what was going on.  Way to go Hillcrest!  Thank you!  Clifford has been doing searches of the classroom and has found things that absorb and are not easily cleaned to be trouble.  Take note other allergy parents: crayons, play-dough, library books, birdseed, sand and bins of beans. 

Overall, I am feeling very at peace about this school year which is not something that goes hand in hand with lethal food allergies!

Vigilance

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:33-34 

This is the verse that some 15 years ago kept me up till all hours of the night studying for Corporate Finance and Statistics exams.  I am so thankful that I hid the word of God away in my heart during those critical years.  I definitely retained more from memorizing key verses such as this than I did of finances!  Over the years, this verse has come to have many different values in my life.  Today, it means life and death.  One slip up could cost me “my everything”. 

 Vigilance: 1.Proper attention in proper time. 2. The abnormal state or condition of being unable to sleep. 

Another quote that someone shared with me a few years back has also come to mean different things throughout the years…  “When your output is greater than your input, your upkeep will be your downfall.”  Hence, the picture of the tomato plants above.  I have a small inclining of what Eve must have felt watching those apples go untouched.  I have been watching the neighbor’s tomato plants with envy.  Mine pictured below are full and robust but, not producing scrumptious red, ripe tomatoes yet.  His, neglected and forgotten have huge beautiful tomatoes on them that he has not picked!  I have no idea why but his entire garden is producing and rotting.  I am dying to sneak over there and snag a few, however, it took me a week of waiting for him to leave his house to even steal the picture of his plants!   I have no idea why he would go to so much work to not enjoy the fruits of his labor. 

 So, why do I ramble on about tomato plants and vigilance on this site?  Those tomato plants are a reflection of my life – that of a parent raising kids with life-threatening food allergies and severe asthma.  While I am remaining vigilant for my kids, doing everything in my might to keep them safe from the things that can kill them (a simple peanut butter sandwich or a glass of milk… ha… trace amounts of those things),  I have neglected and forgotten many other important things in my life.  We have had to make huge sacrifices and have walked away from many opportunities and relationships to maintain this vigilance.  The cost of chronic illness is staggering in every way. 

I once had a high paying job.  I wore a suit daily, drove many, many miles weekly.  I helped business owners to excel in their sales.  I walked away from that.  How could we leave a child in the hands of a care provider who flat out told us “you’d be a fool to leave this child with anyone”.  Just merely walking out the door would have cost us $3,000 a month for allergen-free baby formula and the ONE day care that would agree to take both kids.  A blessing in disguise, I walked away with renewed purpose to protect my kids and somehow provide for them and be with them out of my own means.  I now have many hats as a home-based overnight concierge, a business owner, a consultant, an ebayer and a savy, super-couponer!  Both my husband and I have quite the juggling act while working opposite shifts now for the past 7 years.  Whatever it takes to maintain that vigilance.  You do whatever you have to do. 

Stress.  At least now I get paid to stay up all night and worry and pray.  None of us knows when we will last see our loved ones.  The knowledge that a morsel of food can kill them certainly does weigh a little heavy on my mind though.  I have a healthy fear that has pushed me to be prepared and vigilant.  So, on the outside, you see beautiful fruit, however, on the inside, the core of me, I am rotting away.  Like this grand, old cedar tree that has graced our yard for many years, neglect has cost it everything.  Another neighbor abandoned their home.  The weeds and baby trees grew along the fence line and the young sapling on the other side of the fence literally sucked the life out of our poor old cedar tree.  This is my theory at least. Food allergies are sucking the life out of me! 

I am no different than many stay at home moms.  I have neglected my own well being in exchange for busy days with kids.  The mere thought of going to the gym and leaving my kids with others is not worth the stress though.  I have.  And they have been fine… so far.  It only takes once though.  I like the idea of going out to dinner with my husband.  A date night.  We have.  On very rare occasions, however, neither of us has felt very at ease about it.  So far, nothing too serious has happened.  So far.  But, it only takes once.   Church. Sports. Scouting.  Camping. Travel. Sleepovers.  School.  Movies.  Potlucks.  Ice cream socials.  Family get-togethers.  Weddings. Funerals.  Even a stay in the hospital.  They all involve food.  Everything has to be scrutinized.  Nothing is whimsical or random.  Every decision has to be weighed.  It only takes once.

Nick’s Christmas Wish

One evening while I was working, our son Nick brought

me his “Letter to Santa”.  I looked it over and at first I was very touched by  his thoughtful wish for his sister to have a service dog.  And then, I was heart broken because that was one gift I knew “Santa” could not bring him.  (We even got a letter back from Santa that said “he hoped someday Kate would get her dog!).  It took me straight back to dinner with my in laws the night after Boo Bash (which was not as successful as we had hoped – although a wonderful event no doubt).  My mother in law asked me what I would like from her for Christmas.  I usually would tell her something like a sweat suit or a red sweater.  This year, I looked at her and held back tears and said, I just want a dog for my kid. 

The past few weeks I have just been really down by the thought  that I did not have it in my power to heal my kids, nor protect them the way I thought would be best.  We had worked so hard for months and yet we had so much further to go.  I kept wondering if maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.  I had watched all along and had been amazed by how God has orchestrated everything so far and yet I doubted.   I have held back on writing many thank you notes and Christmas cards — waiting for a bit of really good news. 

Tonight, we received our really good news.  There is a Santa … an awesome God that cares about the heartfelt wishes of a little boy.  We had a wonderful local foundation contact us about a possible donation before Boo Bash.  They called tonight and they had received a check for A K9 for Kate from a partner organization.  Our dog is paid for.  Nick’s Christmas wish has been answered!  We still need to raise a little over $2,000 but, we know we can do it! 

Thank you all for helping Kate and helping play Santa for a very sweet big brother!  Blessings to you and your family this Christmas!  Ann

Givin’ It Back Care Packs

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With generous donations from many candy and snack manufacturers and Webkinz, we are pleased to offer “Givin’ It Back Care Packs”.  Each includes a Black Webkinz Poodle that looks like Clifford, our allergy alert service dog.  The Webkinz toy is an educational toy that offers online adoption of this cute stuffed animal.   Kids can learn while playing games and earning “Kinz Cash” (virtual money) to care for their online friend.   With their Kinz Cash, they can purchase virtual food, clothing, entertainment, toys, etc…  for their dog. 
Buy Now

As supplies for our gift packs has dwindled, we are now offering a pack with a Webkinz toy and a sampling of allergy friendly candy (free of the Top 8 allergens).   For a $15 donation to a K9 for Kate will send a care package with candy and a Webkinz  to anyone you would like within the US.   To add additional Webkinz toys and candy, add $10 per Webkinz.  The price includes all shipping and handling.   Please contact us  for shipping information outside the United States.   Treats that maybe included are listed under Allergy Mom Approved Treats ( mostly Smarties and Gimbal’s Jelly Beans).   All treats are made on dedicated lines and are free of the Top 8 Allergens.   If allergies are not a concern, we do have some treats that were donated that we could not use for the event because we could not verify processing procedures.  Please e-mail us name(s) and address(es )  of the receipiant(s) and let us know if the package is for someone with food allergies.   Each box includes a gift card with Kate & her brother Nick’s story on the back.  Let us know what you would like us to write on the gift card or if you have any other special instructions.    ak94kate @ yahoo .com

So, who can you send one of these goodies to?  Someone you need to thank,  a college student, a camper, a grandchild or child with food allergies, a friend, a lover, a client, a boss, a friend, someone in the hospital, someone that needs cheering up, Holiday gift, use your imagination.    We hope that this care pack will not only “make the day” of someone you know but, also encourage them to “pay it forward”  and do a good deed for others.   If you can’t think of someone to send a care pack to but, would like to sponsor Clifford in this way, let us know.  We have partnered with Cole’s Foundation to send care packs to kids who are fighting for their lives.  Most of these kids have cancer or have been other life threatening or terminal illnesses.  www.colesfoundation.com

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To learn more about Webkinz, visit www.webkinz.com

Treat & Snack Ingredients

We are so grateful for the many companies that provided candy and healthy treats for Boo Bash and our “Giving It Back Care Packs”.  We spent many hours compiling a list of treats that are free of the top 8 allergens (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish, wheat and soy).  All of the treats are made on dedicated lines as well.  Click on the images below to get additional nutritional information.

           Surf SweetsPure Fun Candy   Enjoy Life FoodsSmartiesDakota Gourmet  St ClairsGimbal's Fine CandySensible Foods

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Contact Us

A K9 for Kate
Phone: 773-392-4717
E-Mail: ak94kate@yahoo.com

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This is Chloe from Midwest Labradoodle, Kenosha, WI. She is one of the dogs we have visited to find the perfect bred dog that Kate could tolerate.

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