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Camp raises money to finish allergy film

Indigogo project seeks $30,000 to tell Blue Spruce's story


A Portland nonprofit for children with food allergies is looking to raise funds and awareness this week.

It just so happens that May 11 to 17 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and Oregon is one of 27 states to have an official governor’s proclamation in support.

Camp Blue Spruce, a weeklong summer camp for kids with food allergies, is working on a documentary film about their camp, now in its second year.

The film is called “Tastes Like Freedom,” and it follows the experience of the 28 kids age 9 to 15 who attended the camp last August, eating allergy-free food, swimming, hiking, doing arts and crafts and even eating s’mores.

Camp Blue Spruce is launching an Indigogo campaign to pay for post-production and distribution of the film, to take the film to classrooms around the country. The camp is hoping to raise $30,000 by June 6.

It’s not just a story about the camp, says Portland founder Louise Tippens. It’s a story about the challenges the kids face every day as they have to read the labels of everything they eat.

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education group, food allergies have increased 50 percent among children between 1997 and 2011. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

The top eight food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

This year’s camp is Aug. 17 to 22 at Gales Creek.

For more: www.CampBlueSpruce.org, www.indiegogo.com/projects/tastes-like-freedom.

See the Tribune’s previous coverage: www.portlandtribune.com/ pt/9-news/154846-at-allergy- camp-smores-are-safe