May
29
2014

Check Out This Great, Safe Camp For Anaphylactic Kids!

Zajac Ranch Gives Parents Peace of Mind

Check Out This Great, Safe Camp For Anaphylactic Kids!

Zajac Ranch offers a safe camp for anaphylactic kids

Nestled amongst gorgeous trees, across 41 acres of wilderness land, on Stave Lake in Mission, British Columbia, you'll find Zajac Ranch. With beautiful amenities, they truly offer the ultimate kids camp experience:

"Zajac Ranch for Children offers many varying activities including: horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, archery, a high ropes course, low ropes course, and lesson plans in orienteering, wilderness survival, and gold panning." They've got a beautiful pool, a theatre, and basketball court, and tons of space for outdoor sports. Come on! How incredible is that? And it gets even better, because they also offer a one-week camp specifically designed to keep anaphylactic kids safe. From August 25-29, 2014, Zajac Ranch is offering their popular Anaphylactic Camp for Children with Food Allergies. I can't say enough how much I love this, and how much I wish this was closer to me so it could be a realistic option for when my son is old enough for camp.

From their site:

Our Anaphylactic Camp has been structured for children aged 7-17 who have moderate to severe allergies, their siblings and/or their friends — our kitchen will be prepared to handle all food allergies and dietary concerns and will serve meals free of the Top 10 Allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, mustard, wheat & soybean). We will be working alongside Anaphylaxis Canada to ensure our facility has been appropriately sterilized and all required preparations are taken into consideration in order to ensure a safe, controlled environment for 2014’s anaphylactic campers to enjoy a typical outdoor summer camp amongst peers.

Zajac Ranch for Children’s Anaphylactic Camp will provide:

For your peace of mind

  • A camp structure and environment supported by Anaphylaxis Canada and Dr. Edmond Chan, Head, Allergy and Immunology, BC Children’s Hospital
  • A 1:3 Counsellor to Camper Ratio
  • Staff trained by Anaphylaxis Canada’s training program
  • Sterilization of meal preparation area, kitchen equipment, and dining hall
  • Fully equipped 24/7 Medical Centre staffed by registered nurses"

To have such a safe place for kids to explore, learn, and gain independence is amazing. I spoke to a parent of one of the campers, Shelly Nellis, whose daughter has multiple food allergies and attends the camp every year. Nellis has been helping with the camp since it began, and said that Sanofi will be providing one Allerject per camper (amazing!) this year.

For more information about the camp, including how to register, click HERE.

Enter to win a CarryNine wallet for the Allerject device your child will be getting at the camp! Not sure why this kind of camp is a great thing? Read about what it's like to be the parent of an allergic kid.

May
27
2014

CarryNine Giveaway: Win A Cool Allerject Wallet And Skins

These CarryNine wallets are the perfect size for carrying the Allerject

CarryNine Giveaway: Win A Cool Allerject Wallet And Skins

Win a cool CarryNine Allerject Wallet & Skins

Anaphylactic allergy folks, I need to tell you about this really cool company called CarryNine. Owner Stephanie Oatway reached out to me to talk about her gorgeous line of Allerject/AuviQ wallets, and I have to tell you, they're really great. But before I get into why her products are so awesome, let me back up a little. Allerject (or AuviQ in the United States) is an epinephrine auto-injector, about the size of the palm of your hand. You can read about them in more detail over on the CarryNine blog, to get an understanding of the devices and see why Stephanie started designing these cases.



CarryNine wallets are the perfect size for carrying the Allerject. I love the super-soft leather, and rugged stitching. They're cool-looking, fashionable and absolutely not bulky. They have space inside for cards and bills, and make carrying the auto-injector really easy. And you know what? They're imagined, designed, and made in Canada, how awesome is that?

The Allerject fits neatly and easily into the right-hand side slot, and is easily accessible. 



A major concern for doctors who manage patients with life-threatening allergies is that far too many people forget or simply choose not to carry their auto-injectors at all times. That's scary stuff. These wallets make it a no-brainer to pop the Allerject into a pocket — it isn't a secondary item to remember, it's one with the wallet.

If the wallet wasn't cool enough for ya, CarryNine also carries fun skins for both EpiPen and Allerject. The slick designs are a great way to personalize your autoinjector. The skins are thin, vinyl decals, are easy to apply, and leave no sticky residue behind if you want to remove them. Love love love these!

And now for the fun part. I've got one (1) Allerject/AuviQ Case Wallet (as pictured, retail value $75) AND two (2) sets of Allerject/AuviQ skins (one of the "Meow" design, and one NYC" design, retail value $15 each) for one lucky winner. That's a prize worth more than $100!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us who would use the prize if you are the winner.

Yummy Rules and Regs: You must be a YummyMummyClub.ca member to win. Click to sign up! It's free and filled with perks. One comment per member. Entries accepted until JUNE 7, 2014. Contest open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). Winners will be picked using www.random.orgSee full contest rules.

May
23
2014

Potential New Treatment For Asthma Sufferers

Canadian Scientists Successfully Improve Symptoms of Allergic Asthma

Potential New Treatment For Asthma Sufferers

Great news, asthma sufferers! A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has demonstrated great success in the treatment of mild allergic asthma symptoms. Researchers discovered that blocking a specific protein relieved inflammation in the lungs, reducing the need for inhalers. Can I get a "WOOHOO"?

This season has been particularly rough on allergy sufferers, with some even calling it a, "pollen vortex" (groan). For those with asthma, allergies make those symptoms even worse, and many have to rely heavily on inhalers and over-the-counter meds. This study has the potential to change day-to-day life for mild asthma sufferers, and could even lead to treatments for more severe asthmatic patients. BIG NEWS! Yay, Canadian researchers!

Dr. Paul O'Byrne, a co-author of the paper, spoke to CTVNews and said, "What our study showed for the first time is that if you give an antibody that blocks the action of this particular protein, TSLP, you can very effectively block the airway’s responses to the inhaled allergens." Even better, the patients showed improvement even before inhalation of allergens, meaning great things for everyday mild asthma symptoms. A broader study is in their plans—can't wait to hear the results!

Here are 10 other ways to manage your Spring allergy symptoms, and check out this great all-natural allergen-reducer recipe.