Oprah\'s Angel Network- let\'s nominate Chris and get the word out

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 12:30pm
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pAfter asking Chris first, I went ahead and nominated him for Oprah's Angel Network. For those that don't know what that is, every Monday, Oprah gives $100,000 to someone/organization for their contribution to the community. The money is great but also the exposure is what we have been after. The person gets about 5 minutes of speaking about their cause, why they do it, who it affects etc. I feel, especially after the horrible death of Nathan, that we really need to push for education. Chris could def. use the money and I feel very confident that he would represent us well. Please, take a few minutes to nominate him. The more people that nominate him, the better. They ask for your "story". This is the perfect opportunity for all of us. Thank you [url="http://oprah.com/tows/intheworks/plugs_85.html"]http://oprah.com/tows/intheworks/plugs_85.html[/url]/p

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 2:00pm
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I very much agree. Here is my "story" as submitted to the Angel Network nominating Chris.
I'd like to nominate Chris at PeanutAllergy.com.
I am a busy mom, as all moms are, with 3 year old boy/girl twins and a two year old son. My twin son Christopher is allergic to peanuts. He was rushed by ambulance to hospital the first time peanut butter touched his lips. He was swollen from head to toe and having difficulty breathing. He was given life saving epinephrine on our dining room floor by paramedics before being transfered to the hospital. He was 11 months old at the time.
We have no family history of peanut allergy and I never could have imagined that a child of mine would have to live with a life threatening allergy. It is overwhelming to say the least. But Chris's website peanutallergy.com has been a god send. In the evenings when the children are in bed I can log on and chat with other parents and those with peanut allergy. I don't feel isolated and alone. If an incident at a playgroup or with a family member (re: peanut allergy) has caused me anxiety I can get on the site and see how others have dealt with the situation. Listening to the stories of adults with peanut allergy I see that people are able to live close to normal lives. I have a MSc. and am always interested in the newest scientific jouranal articles pertaining to research and a vaccine/cure. I can always find it on the site. Being that we live in Canada I was particularly upset recently when Nestle decided to stop making its chocolate bars in a peanut safe environment. I emailed and called Nestle personally but it was so motivating and inspriational to see all the other peanutallergy.com members that had done the same. And wouldn't you know Nestle changed their decision and scrapped plans to include nuts in the factory - a real victory and one I'm sure that peanutallergy.com was instrumental in winning.
Living with peanut allergy is scary, isolating and requires that you keep up on product recalls and how manufacturers label foods. Peanutallergy.com makes me feel less lost and overwhelmed and definately enables me to keep things safer for my son. It has been 3 years since my son's first and only reaction and I pray everyday that this won't be the day of his second reaction.

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 3:31pm
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Nominating Chris is a great idea. This is what I wrote:
I would like to nominate Chris Papkee, the founder of PeanutAllergy.com as an angel. As a parent of a child with the potentially life threatening peanut allergy, I am so glad that this website is there for support and information. People who are allergic and parents of allergic children share their stories of how they deal with their allergy. Also, there are links for learning what we can do to improve our situation, and give us hope that a cure may be found someday.
Recently, a third grade boy in Spokane, Washington died on a school field trip because of his peanut allergy. Unfortunately, although his school knew of his allergy, he was given a peanut butter cookie on the field trip. Furthermore, when he reacted, he was not given medical attention in time. This story was told through the discussion boards on PeanutAllergy.com, and many of us parents that post on the website were really saddened and shaken, feeling like it could have been our child in that situation. Many expressed wanting to contact the boy's family to send their sympathy. Others printed out stories to give their child's teachers and principals as kind of an eye-opener to the seriousness of the allergy. I think this demonstrates the benefits of having PeanutAllergy.com as a forum for people all over the world who are allergic to peanuts.
I don't know all the details of when Chris started this website. I do know he has a daughter who is allergic to peanuts. His motto is "Determined to make a difference". Well, I know he has made a difference for me and my daughter's health.

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 3:51pm
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Great idea, I will write too

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 11:55pm
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Dynamite idea - count me in!
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 12:07am
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100k and 5 minutes national Oprah time for PA??!! Awesome! I'll get right to the site and send my story.
Good luck Chris! From both my husband and myself (we'll nominate you separately!).

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 12:18am
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Excellent idea! I just wrote to them. They just HAVE to pick Chris. He is definately deserving!
(fingers crossed)
Beth

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 12:49am
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Good luck Chris. I will also be nominating you.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 1:25am
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I just sent mine off! I can't think of anyone who deserves this more than Chris!
Regards,
Katiee (Wade's mom)

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 1:45am
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I too, have nominated Chris and this website. The publicity would be great. Even better, would be if Oprah did a whole show about life-threatening allergies.

Posted on: Thu, 05/24/2001 - 2:02am
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I am happy to do this as well. My nomination
was just emailed this minute!!!
Lisa

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