Peanut article in local newspaper

Posted on: Fri, 08/27/1999 - 3:23pm
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On 8-27-99 my local newspaper ran an article about peanut allergy and my 6 year old son. You can find the article on their web site at: [url="http://www.tdn.com/"]http://www.tdn.com/[/url] (The Daily News, Longview WA. "Class to be peanut free")
I initiated the interest in doing an article with my local newspaper. I thought it might be interesting to do a story about severe peanut allergy and the risks of attending first grade. My motivation to go "public" with my son's peanut allergy was to promote community awareness, to help the families of my son's first grade class understand the severity of his allergy and how important a peanut free classroom is for him, and to express my gratitude to the school staff for the measures they are willing to put into place to create a safe learning environment. So far the article has been well received.

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Posted on: Fri, 08/27/1999 - 7:55pm
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pWow! What a well-written article, Lorraine! You do us all a great service by educating people like this. I'll be including a copy of this newspaper article in my 504 proposal for kindergarten next year. Thanks again. It sure must have taken guts to "out" your son around this severe peanut allergy, but we all benefit. I'm glad it's being well-received./p
pNoreen/p

Posted on: Fri, 08/27/1999 - 10:28pm
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pExcellent article, Lorraine!/p
pIn the article, it was mentioned how the other children in your son's class look out for him. Isn't it ironic how the other children watch out for our peanut allergic children...more so, I think, than the adults!/p
pThanks for sharing this article with us! Well done!/p
pStay Safe./p
p[This message has been edited by Connie (edited August 28, 1999).]/p

Posted on: Sat, 08/28/1999 - 4:28pm
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pHi Lorraine,/p
pThanks so much for going public and for sharing the very informative story. I went to the address that you provided and found the LETTERS page. I sent a letter to the newspaper thanking them for the great article and mentioned that our daughter was also allergic to peanut products./p
pI think that the paper might get an idea of just how many kids have this allergy to peanut products if all of us sent them a note about the article - any ideas on this?/p
pThanks, Lorraine, for helping educate the public./p
pSue in Sunny Arizona/p

Posted on: Sun, 08/29/1999 - 5:50am
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pThank you for your comments and support about the news article. It has only been a few days since the article appeared in the paper and I have received many positive comments from friends and strangers. I have had strangers call me and ask questions about food allergies or to say they understand how serious this is because they or someone in their family are allergic to peanuts. This article has been good for us./p

Posted on: Mon, 08/30/1999 - 11:28pm
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pLorraine: I went to the website and could not find your article. I was wondering if it was possible for you to send me a copy of it? Thank you. Lynda [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 7:18am
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pHi I too could not find the article...maybe someoine could just hyperlink it. there did not seem to be an archive area to search for articles from a certain date. Maybe someone could help!/p
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Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 8:24am
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pHi Lynda and BCouch,/p
pI went back to the page and there is a *new* cover story. /p
pLorraine, if you have a copy of the article, can you please post the contents of it on the boards? It was such a great article, I hate for anyone here to miss it. [img]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
pStay Safe./p

Posted on: Tue, 08/31/1999 - 12:04pm
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pDitto to all of the above. I would love to see it too, but had trouble contacting the site. Thanks./p

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/1999 - 12:34pm
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pHi Lorraine,br /
could you please hyperlink me a copy too?br /
I'd love to read it.br /
Thanks to all of you and you valuable inforamation my husband and I had a very successful "peanut meeting" at my sons (first grade) school today! We now have a peanut free classroom...not lunchroom or school, but we're thrilled with the classroom. The faculty (about 30) were very supportive and sincerely concerned for our son.br /
I have to provide the teacher with a list of safe snacks for the parents of the my sons classmates....is there a place where I can locate this? I have a short list but would like more ideas for these families.br /
Any suggestions??br /
Again, thank you all so very much!br /
Debbiebr /
mom to 3 kids with peanut allergy./p

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/1999 - 4:18pm
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pHate to add to the list, but I would really like a copy of the artical too. I am currently working with a staff reporter at our community newspaper. It would really help me to have a copy./p
pDouble thanks!!!/p

Posted on: Wed, 09/01/1999 - 11:34pm
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pI too would love to read the article...I poked around the TDN website, but no luck finding it, I assume they have moved on to other news...to bad no archives...please post copy of it...thanks..../p

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/1999 - 9:24am
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pI would also love to see the article!!/p

Posted on: Fri, 09/03/1999 - 3:15am
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pI would love to see the article, too. I also need snack/easy lunch ideas. Unfortunately, not everyone at our school was so agreeable and nice about our request to restrict peanut butter!/p

Posted on: Sat, 09/04/1999 - 12:00pm
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pJust add me to the list. This article sounds wonderful. There was a phone number under ONLINE I'll try that as well./p
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Lisa/p

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/1999 - 10:01am
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pThanks for sending me a copy of the Artical. I was interviewed today by our local paper, and I gave the reporter a copy of your artical, and the one that ran in the Washington Post. How long was your interview? They talked to me for two hours, and the photographer took pictures for about an hour. They are running the peice Friday. I'll post something in the media section incase anyone is interested in how it comes out./p

Posted on: Tue, 09/07/1999 - 9:40pm
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pLorraine, and all other members,/p
pThe article was great!!! The website does have an e-mail address. I wrote and received the article within 2 days. It was funny Lorraine, I received the article from you the same day as well. Thank-you so much for sending it along. Take Care/p
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Lisa/p

Posted on: Thu, 09/09/1999 - 1:59pm
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pI have been able to send several of you the article about my son. I am going to get permission from the newspaper to have the article posted in the media section so anyone who wants to read it can. Thanks for your patience.br /
The great news is that my son has had one week of school with 100% peanut free lunches in his classroom! This has been done voluntarily by the parents and students in his class!!! I feel the 504 plan we have set up, the great support from our school and his teacher, as well as this article has helped us have a successful first week. I have had so many positive comments from people about the article, it really touches my heart. I feel it was a very effective way to share information with all of the parents in my sons first grade class as well as the remainder of the school in a general way. I believe the article has also helped with awareness of peanut allergy, especially for those who become ill by the smell of peanuts like my son. Many people had never heard of a reaction from just smelling peanuts.br /
Overall, this has been a very positive experience for us. We even had a local television station approach us about doing a news report. We decided that we had enough coverage for now. However, the reporter was still interested in doing a piece about peanut allergy and our son some time in the future. We'll decide about that later. He needs some time to just be one of the kids at school, albeit with a few accommodations. /p
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Sincerly,br /
Lorrainebr /
In the Pacific Northwest/p

Posted on: Thu, 09/09/1999 - 8:23pm
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pSomehow I did't recieve a copy of the article. Can someone please forward it to me. Lynda/p

Posted on: Fri, 09/10/1999 - 9:19am
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pHere is a link to the PeanutAllergy.Com media board thread with the article. We would like to thank the paper The Daily News for allowing us to use it.br /
[url="http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/000032.html"]http://client.ibboards.com/peanutallergy/Forum8/HTML/000032.html[/url] /p
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Stay Safe/p
p [email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]/p

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