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Caleb Cream Team Shirts

We will be making Caleb Cream Team Shirts in the next couple of weeks. You can get one whether you are able to walk in the FAAN walk or not. I will post the design as soon as I have it completed. Please comment and let us know if you would like a shirt or shirts so we know how many to order.

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Caleb Cream Fall Bake Cake Auction November 12-16

Caleb Cream will be holding an online Cake Auction from November 12-16. We will be auctioning off home made Caleb Cream treats made by us, friends and family. We will also be auctioning off some non baked goods. All of the proceeds will be donated to the FAAN Walk for Food Allergies.

At Caleb’s request we will be walking as a family at the FAAN walk on December 1st. Caleb is trying to get as many of his friends and family to participate. It is free to walk, you only need to register. You can join the Caleb Cream Team for the walk here. Please come join us in the walk if you can. Caleb’s goal is to raise $1500 for the walk. So if you can please make a donation through the Caleb Cream team page or bid on some of the Cake Auction items.

The Cake Auction will begin on November 12th. That day we will be posting the items up for auction. Each item will have it’s own post. To place a bid just make a comment with your bid. The bidding will be closed on November 16th @ 7pm. If you win the bidding for an item we will contact you to set up a time for you to get your treat.

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Caleb’s Allergy Awareness Speech – “Be a PAL”

Caleb gave a speech in front of his school in preparation for Food Allergy Awareness Week.

Caleb’s Speech

Hello. My name is Caleb Cole. I am a 1st grader in Ms. Rubio’s class. Next week is Food Allergy Awareness Week and I wanted to talk to you about food allergies.

I am allergic to peanuts. There are many different foods you can be allergic to. The most common besides peanuts are tree nuts, milk, fish, wheat, shellfish, soy and eggs. My little sister is allergic to eggs.

Question: Raise your hand if you have a food allergy? What are you allergic to?

Being allergic to a food means your body thinks that food is bad and so when you eat, your body doesn’t like it and it makes you sick.

Over 12 million Americans have food allergies and about 3 million of them are kids.
Right now there is no cure for food allergies. The only way to stay safe is to avoid them. That means to not eat what you are allergic to.

My mom and dad always have to check every label before I eat a food to make sure it is safe. Sometimes foods that you wouldn’t think would have what you are allergic to do.
You also can’t eat food that is made in the same place that has what you are allergic to. I can never eat ice cream from an ice cream shop or ice cream truck because they are not safe. When I go to a birthday party my mom has to make me cupcakes to take because I can’t eat food from a bakery. I can’t have these things because there are usually peanuts around and they may have touched the food and will make me sick if I eat them.

Food allergies can be life threatening. Just one bite can cause a reaction. Some people have a reaction by touching or inhaling a food.

The most common reactions are hives, itchy rash, stomach pains, vomiting, tingling, itching, and swelling of the lips, tongue or mouth. It can cause coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, drop in blood pressure or passing out. That is called Anaphylaxis. That is what the doctors think will happen to me if I eat a peanut. That is why I have to carry an epi-pen. My epi-pen has epinephrine in it. That is a medicine that will help make the reaction not as bad.

This is what an epi-pen looks like. If I have a reaction they will give me a shot and then I have to go to the hospital.

Just like my parents try to keep me safe by watching what foods I eat, everyone at school can help keep us kids with food allergies safe too.

How can you help a friend who has a food allergy? You can be a PAL. That means Protect a Life from Food allergies.

1st. Food Allergies are serious. Don’t make jokes about them.

2nd. Don’t share food with friends who have food allergies.

3rd. Wash your hands after eating.

4th. Ask your friends what they are allergic to and help them avoid it.

And most important…If a friend who has food allergies becomes ill, get help very fast.
Last year on March 9th, a 14 year old girl from here in AZ named Anna Aguirre accidently ate a breakfast cereal that had peanuts in it. She went into Anaphylactic Shock. She was taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and spent a long time in ICU. She is still in the hospital a year later. Her friends gave her the cereal and didn’t realize it had peanuts in it. That is why it is important to know your friend’s allergy and try to help them eat foods that are safe. It really can save their life.

Let’s see if you remember some facts I told you. If you get the question right, you can have a PAL book mark.

1. What is a food allergy?

2. What foods are people allergic to?

3. What are some of the reactions it can cause?

4. What is the name of the medicine you have to take if you have a reaction?

5. What can you do to help a friend who has an allergy?

Don’t forget to be PAL and Protect a Life from Food Allergies.

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Caleb Cream Ice Cream Sale – Now Taking Orders!

Caleb Cream is going back to its roots and selling Caleb Cream “Peanut Free Ice Cream” in honor of food allergy awareness week. All proceeds will be going to FAAN to aid in food allergy awareness and research. You can place your orders online here.

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Caleb Cream & Friends

Caleb decided that he would like to highlight some other children that are trying to raise awareness about issues they are facing in their own lives. The first person that Caleb chose for Caleb Cream  Friends is his cousin Shelby Cole.

For the past few years Shelby has been battling Trichotillomania or Trich for short. Trich is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable hair pulling and skin picking. Shelby is trying to raise money for the yearly TLC conference which is in Chicago this year. Caleb has decided to help her raise some money for the conference. Caleb Cream will be donating 25% of the “Spring Bake” proceeds to Shelby and her family.

If you would like to find out more information about Shelby or Trich you can visit her facebook page or the Trich Learning Center.

Don’t forget that Caleb Cream “Spring Bake” starts tomorrow, March 19th. Please order now to help raise money for FAAN and Shelby. Every little bit makes a difference. As Caleb always says, “Be a Sweet! Buy a Treat!”

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3rd Semi-Annual Spring Bake Now Taking Orders

Caleb Cream is now taking orders for Spring Bake. You can place your orders by filling out the form here. You can check there for more details on what we are selling and prices. Please tell your friends and family about this so we can raise as much money as possible for FAAN.

We are taking orders from now until March 28th. Spring Bake runs from March 19th to April 2nd.  If you need treats for a later date contact us and we will see what we can work out.

Stay tuned for information about a new idea Caleb has for Caleb Cream called “Caleb Cream and Friends” along with more info on who else Caleb will helping out with the proceeds from this year’s Spring Bake.

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Caleb’s Hope

As you may or may not know we will be starting another Spring Bake fundraiser for Caleb Cream soon. Sharon and I had actually thought about skipping Spring Bake this year and just focusing on doing the original Caleb Cream ice cream fundraiser in the summer, which we didn’t get to do last year.  However, Sharon asked Caleb what he wanted and now we are happily doing another Spring Bake at Caleb’s request. Caleb really loves raising money for Allergy research and others that need his help. The other day in the car he really punched that point home for us.

Caleb had his yearly allergist checkup recently. Usually he goes once a year but because of school and various scheduling conflicts it had been about a year and a half since his last appointment. His Dr. informed us that she would like to test him again to see if he was still allergic-he still has about a 20% chance to grow out of his allergy. When he goes through testing it is always tough. Caleb always gets his hopes up that this will be the time where they tell him that he is no longer allergic to peanuts and he is always sad when he finds out that he isn’t.

It was no sooner than his Dr. mentioned that Caleb might no longer be allergic to peanuts that he got excited and talked about how different it would be. “You mean I could not be in a peanut free classroom at school and I could eat all of the birthday cakes and I could eat whatever I want!” he said. This just broke Sharon’s and my heart. If you know Caleb he never complains about all of the things he can’t eat and everything that he misses out on. When you tell him can’t have something he just shrugs and says “I’m allergic.” and has something else.

On the ride home from the allergist we talked to him more about his test which will be in about a month. We explained to him that while there was a chance he might grow out of his allergy the odds were against it so we didn’t want him to get his hopes up too much. Again he expressed how cool it would be if he were no longer peanut allergic but also that he understood that it was unlikely that he wouldn’t be.

He then asked a question “If I find out I’m not allergic to peanuts any more will we still do Caleb Cream?”

Sharon responded “Would you still want to do Caleb Cream?”

“I would still want to help other kids that were allergic to peanuts even if I wasn’t any more.” Caleb said.

Later that night Sharon and I were talking about the discussion with Caleb. It isn’t just that Caleb has a peanut allergy but he also understands what a challenge it can be to have problems that make you different. That’s why he not only wants to help kids with peanut allergies but also other children that have issues that make their lives harder.

Never in my life have I been prouder of our eldest. He does great in school and plays sports and is really smart, he has an amazing faith in his Heavenly Father and makes me feel honored every day to be his dad but in that moment I was so proud of him and his love for all these kids that he doesn’t even know. Heavenly Father blessed us with amazing children who humble me every day with their faith and their love. Caleb is a great kid who just wants to make other kids’ lives better.

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Fall Bake – Now Taking Orders

Caleb Cream is now taking orders for Fall Bake. You can place your orders by filling out the form here. You can check there for more details on what we are selling and prices. Please tell your friends and family about this so we can raise as much money as possible for FAAN and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

We are taking orders from now until November 18th. You are welcome to come pick up your order beginning Monday November 7th. We will be making deliveries in the afternoon on the following days: Thurs 11-10, Fri 11-11, Sat 11-12, Mon 11-14, Thurs 11-17, Fri 11-18, Sat 11-19 and Monday 11-21. If you need treats for a later date contact us and we will see what we can work out.

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New Spring Bake Commercial

Caleb wanted to make a Spring Bake commercial.

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Spring Bake – Now Taking Orders

Caleb Cream is now taking orders for Spring Bake. You can place your orders by filling out the form here. You can check there for more details on what we are selling and prices. Please tell your friends and family about this so we can raise as much money as possible for FAAN and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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Spring Bake

March is here. The weather is warming up. It is almost time for Caleb Cream’s Spring Bake. What’s that? Caleb Cream will be having it’s first spring bake sale. Bake sale items will feature cupcakes, macaroons, etc. Best of all, we will deliver the goodies to you. Look for a flyer or brochure with a list of items to come soon. 75% of proceeds will go to FAAN and 25% will go to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Caleb decided he didn’t just want to help find a medicine to take away his peanut allergy but he wanted to help other children who face greater issues than him everday. That is why this year, we will donate 25% of the proceeds to a charity that Caleb chooses. For this fundraiser, he chose the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For more info visit…http://www.pbtfus.org/

Check back for more info to come…including where you can order the delicious treats!

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Our First Fundraiser – Caleb Cream Ice Cream Stand

Caleb (our eldest son) has a hope. It is a simple hope. He hopes to one day be able to eat food that many children eat on a daily basis. Foods such as ice cream from an ice cream truck. He is not able to eat these foods due to a severe peanut allergy. Although the doctors can not say exactly what will happen if he eats peanuts, by his allergy testing they can predict that the reaction would be severe. A common severe reaction is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. Caleb is unaware that his allergy may cause death but does know it will make him very sick and would require a shot and trip to the hospital. Being a child, he thinks he should just be able to take a medicine to fix the problem. Unfortunately, there is no medicine or treatment at the time. Caleb wants his hope to be a reality, so he wanted to take steps to make his dream come true. He asked us (his parents) if he could have an ice cream stand and sell peanut safe ice cream and raise money to buy medicine. Since there is no medicine, we explained to him we could raise money and then give it to an organization that was trying to find a treatment. He agreed that was just as good of an idea.

Saturday, August 28Th at 2pm, Caleb’s Caleb Cream Stand was open for business. Many family members and friends came to participate. Caleb and his siblings wore Caleb Cream t-shirts made for the occasion. Before taking his place at the stand to hand out ice cream, Caleb asked to give a little speech. He stood before his guests and said, ” My name is Caleb. Welcome to Caleb Cream. I have a peanut allergy and lots of foods will make me sick, like peanut butter. Please come to Caleb Cream and come again next time”. He wrote his speech all by himself and was very proud to be able to give it in front of his guests. Caleb then got a stool to help him see over the stand. He took the orders and we helped hand them out. The guests were directed to a donation box to put in as much money as they were able to give. Caleb’s face lit up as he handed out the ice cream and other items. He was very proud of himself and was happy to have guests to share the occasion with. The various ice cream items included, homemade chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry Caleb cream, Caleb’s chipwiches, Caleb’s cupcake cones, ice pops and bottled water. The event lasted about two hours. At the end, Caleb stood and thanked his guest for coming. Before the event, we talked with Caleb and together set a goal of raising $100. When Caleb gave his closing speech, he was happy to announce he had raised $150. After that he received $30 more, for a total of $180, almost double his goal. Caleb Cream was a great success and by requests from all the wonderful guests will now be an annual event.

You can make a difference at any age, you just have to put your hope into action.

One little boy. One severe allergy. One big hope. One great success.

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