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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Food Allergy Jams Kickstarter~ Guest Blogger, Kathy Thornburg shares about her Passion, Vision and Hopes of Producing this Educational CD

As a huge supporter of anyone trying to make a difference in the foodallergy world, I am pleased to share about another Food Allergy Mom trying to make a positive impact in the food allergy world.  My guest blogger, Kathy Thornburg, explains the WHY behind her project, and HOW WE can help make her dreams come true by supporting this Food Allergy Jams Kickstarter Project.  

Here's to someone trying to take some of the fear out of living with life threatening food allergies, and using music, fun lyrics and positive energy to educate the community!

The last day to support this project is Wednesday, November 19th! Please share with all of your food allergy fans, friends and family! 

Good Luck Kathy! 

Songs the World Might Never Hear…Without YOU!

Food Allergy Jams is a kids’ music CD that teaches important lessons about food allergies in a creative and musical way. You may have read about us on one of your favorite blogs or be following us on social media which means you probably already know our food allergy story. 

IF you haven't yet heard about us, check out our featured articles here:

What I want to share with you today is a little more about one of my favorite Food Allergy Jams songs and why this song is so important. The song is called, Cross Contact React. This song teaches a lesson that is so often forgotten and often misunderstood especially by people with no personal connection  to food allergies.

Even though a surface may show no visible signs of the presence of food, it may still be covered with allergens and food proteins that would be dangerous to someone else with a food allergy to an ingredient in that food. Many restaurants fail to follow safe food preparation practices like
  • changing gloves
  • having designated allergen free cooking supplies
  • thoroughly washing contaminated surfaces, and communicating cooking steps clearly
  • openly with customers. 
Cross Contact React is a catchy jazz inspired tune that will help remind your child to ask important questions when dining out at a restaurant or at someone else’s home.  They can start by watching how you ask questions and as they get a little older, they can practice being their own advocate with your encouragement!

This song opens up the lines of communication between you and your child.  It gives you an opportunity to discuss more with your child about how to make safe choices to avoid cross contact. This is one of the many songs for Food Allergy Jams that is written from the perspective of a food allergic child and a song that, if funded, will be recorded with a talented child singer.

I envision Food Allergy Jams to be a special CD that combines a variety of musical styles, instruments, tempos, and topics to reach out to the millions of young children living with food allergies. This CD is also unique in that you can be involved in making in happen! 

Kickstarter is not just about money (although of course the money is very important to the project's success).  It’s about working together to create something special and helpful to the food allergy community. Becoming a backer not only gives you access to our product and provides us with the necessary funds to make it happen, but it allows you to be part of the creative process. 

By backing Food Allergy Jams, you become part of the team. You get to join us on the journey from the very beginning. You get to hear our songs before anyone else. You receive special updates along the way so you have the inside scoop of how Food Allergy Jams is taking shape. You MIGHT even get a say in which songs make the final cut (we have way more written songs than one awesome CD can contain and will have to narrow it down somehow!)

Many people have asked me as our days on Kickstarter are nearing an end, “What is your plan B if Kickstarter doesn’t work?” “Can you change the amount you are asking for on Kickstarter?” “Can you extend the campaign?”

The answer is NO. There is no plan B at this point in time. If the CD doesn’t receive adequate funding through Kickstarter, the songs will stay lovingly in our home and hearts. No, we can’t change how much we are trying to raise for two reasons 
  1. That’s what it costs to make the CD possible! 
  2. Kickstarter does not allow you to make those changes after launching your project.  We can’t extend the campaign to give people more time to back as this is not allowed by Kickstarter rules. 

This means if you want to see our CD become a reality, it’s not enough to merely hope it funds. If you want Food Allergy Jams to become a reality, you need to support it with your pledge and your voice! 

Check out Food Allergy Jams on Kickstarter TODAY and choose the reward that works best for you.  Then, tell others about this campaign and challenge challenge them to check it out!

Food Allergy Jams on Kickstarter here:
Food Allergy Jams Kickstarter Project 

Thanks! Kathy Thornburg

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