PAK (Parents of Allergic Kids) has been a true blessing in my family's life. We did not learn about PAK until many years after my daughter's diagnosis, and I only wish that I had discovered it sooner. The support of its members has been invaluable as we navigate all things food allergy-related - restaurants, school, reading food labels, food-based social situations, etc. I have made great friendships and met some amazing people in PAK. I can not say enough good things about this organization!
This group has been a great support network for me as I navigate the world of food allergies! A great local resource with dedicated members.
I moved to The Charlotte area 9 years ago with my husband, 4 young children and 2 of them had life threatening allergies. I didn't know enough. I needed to find out how to navigate life from restaurants, to doctors, to testing and schools, Birthday parties and sports teams, to advocating and 504's and how to recognize and react to ingestion of an allergen. When your child is diagnosed you sit in a sterile office, you are given a laundry list of allergens and a hand out on an epinephrine device. It is completely overwhelming.
What did this group give to me? It trained me for saving my daughter's life. Parents shared symptoms of anaphylaxis, stories of ambulance rides and needing to use an epi or auvi q. When my daughter described "bugs in her mouth" and "ears burning" and said "please don't let me die" I knew the epi was needed. Now. The stories shared gave me the strength to react quickly, administer medication and get to the ER. There are no words to say thank you enough. Then this group continued to support by allowing other children from the group to write her letters and send her a care package. Letting her know others understood what she was feeling was so powerful.
Charlotte PAK provides invaluable support and education about food allergies. The group is very supportive to its members. I have learned so much over the last 10 years as a member.
Pak has been a wonderful resource for my family when we relocated to Charlotte . A huge support for me and my children who both have severe food allergies . They really do so much for the local food allergy community❤️
I live in eastern NC & PAK has been a wonderful resource for our family. I joined the FB group when we were considering a trip to Charlotte for a Hornets game last December & I received great response to my questions. Also, my son was able to attend Camp ROAR this summer- another great experience! The families & staff we met were wonderful & also helped with pre-planning our stay (hotel, restaurant & safety info). Valuable, friendly resource!!! Thanks PAK!!
This group was an amazing source of information and community when I moved to the area. And I love how the group is evolving as our kids age!
I have two grandsons with severe food allergies. PAK has helped my daughter many times as she navigates through the confusing world of allergens, cross contamination, and labeling. We have found this non profit to be very helpful!
Very useful information and supportive community! I have been to their events and they are very informative.
We moved to Charlotte 1 year ago with our 2 toddler sons who both have severe food allergies. Of course with any big move there is uncertainty, but we knew about PAK before we left. We were excited to have a local community for our family's food allergies. Since moving here we have been so impressed by the leaders of PAK, the events and community involvement, and the extremely active, supportive, knowledgeable online community. It's an invaluable resource in so many ways!