So why was the walk amazing? You mean besides the fact that there was parking right there, even though we were in Golden Gate Park :)?
All joking aside, it was amazing to meet so many parents of allergic kids and talk with them (albeit briefly) about the challenges they face day-to-day. It was amazing to see so many allergic kids running around, having a ball, and just being kids at a party they were definitely included in and where they were safe. It was amazing to meet other allergy bloggers too (Hi Alison!). I hate to sound sappy, but it was such a unifying experience. Literally every person you met there 'got it'. I got a bit teary at times when I spoke to people.
We (I'm speaking for you Connie) were proud to be a part of the vendors/groups at the walk. They included:
- Dey Corporation (Makers of the EpiPen)
- Peanut Free Planet - who gave away samples of many of the products they sell and also offered caricatures of the kids - so cute!
- Enjoy Life Foods - their new Choco Boom bars are SO good - they were giving away samples of them as well as a good variety of their other products at their table. The kids (um, and us adults) were loving the chocolate bars and cookies. I'm not a huge fan of their baked goods (sorry, just being truthful here), but I would eat their rice crisp Choco Boom bars over a Nestle Crunch Bar any day of the week. Honestly!
- Crayon Sports Drinks - not only were the drinks tasty, the staff were wonderful too.
- FEAST (an online East Bay support group - no link, sorry - i googled and couldn't find one. Leave me a comment if you know their URL or online group link)
Lastly, it's not too late to join a walk near you. Visit the FAAN site for a location near you. And if you can't participate, you can always donate.
p.s. So if I wasn't totally lame and had actually charged the battery of my camera, you'd see a gorgeous shot of me and Connie at our table at the walk. Someone from FAAN took a photo, so I'll try to post it once something's live.