A Positive “Open Letter” from Kyle Dine on his “Kickstarter Eve” to the Food Allergy Community

Hey Friends,

I do apologize in advance for posting a lot about my Kickstarter campaign (starting Fri. Nov. 21 at 8am) over the course of the next few weeks. It might feel like a telethon at times! I’ll try to keep it entertaining! But in six months from now, I promise you that we are going to celebrate the release of the an allergy education video that we will ALL have an incredible sense of pride and accomplishment from.

On the night before the campaign goes live, I feel cautiously optimistic, excited, and a tad nervous to be honest.

For me, the funding is obviously important, but ultimately it’s secondary. I could be looking for grants, taking out a loan, having a yard sale on Craigslist…but what I really want is for YOU to be a part of this. This is more than a DVD, together we’re using our collective voice and building a movement towards food allergy education in schools. Something I only wish existed when I was young – it would have made a difference in my life on several levels.

The one thing I know about the food allergy community, is that we are all ultimately trying to achieve the same goals in making the world safer for everyone affected by food allergies. It’s a network kind, giving and talented people that support each other, and a community of people that I am proud to call friends. Sometimes we duplicate each other’s efforts, sometimes we have different viewpoints – but we cannot deny our collective passion for the cause.

In the big scale of things, this video can unify us all, working together to fill an educational gap that schools are eager to address. I’m encouraged by the number of schools that currently request my allergy assemblies (I performed at 110 schools this year!) – there is momentum like I’ve felt before. But I feel we’re on to something way bigger with this resource. I’m excited of its potential reach, and most proud that allergy education will be accessible in your local library, and affordable for low-income schools who rarely have outside speakers.

Because it’s us funding it, the actual content of the video is going to be very pure and balanced – just like in my school shows. Of course, it will be reviewed by allergists, teachers and other professionals, but the content will ultimately reflect the key educational themes that food allergy parents have expressed are important to help others “get it” when it comes to food allergies: Understanding, Empathy and Support.

I chose Kickstarter as I honestly believe it’s the best way to mobilize a community for greater good. It’s so rewarding to build something huge from the ground up with others who share the same passion.

I think what I’m most nervous about is the fact that Kickstarter/crowd-funding is new or foreign concept to many of us and may seem like a barrier to supporting this project. I think you’ll love it! You’ll find the most unique birthday/holiday gifts ever on it! Only this past summer, I supported my first campaign: No-Nut-Butter by the Sneaky Chef. She raised enough to make her new allergy-safe spread a reality, and I’m thrilled that I could be a small part of that. (It’s delicious BTW).

If you support food allergy education in schools, I’m asking you to believe in me and join us in being part of this incredible journey together.

This is handy: “Kickstarter 101” for a quick overview of how it all works. https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics

Let’s rock and roll folks!

Kyle Dine

PS- Details about my campaign –> http://www.foodallergyvideo.com

Allergy Video Kickstarter Campaign – One Week Away


ONE WEEK AWAY until I launch my Kickstarter campaign to create a an allergy awareness video for schools! It will contain songs, puppets, and games that will educate students in a very fun way

If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, here’s the concept in a nutshell: It’s a “crowd-funding” site that allows people to support projects they believe in, well before the final product is finished. It allows you to help fund the development of something special – almost like a pre-sale…but so much better…(visitwww.kickstarter.com and explore!)

My campaign will allow you to purchase the DVD in advance, or other incredible opportunities like having YOUR child appear in the film! I’ll be announcing all of the available “reward levels” very soon…

This should be a lot of fun and I hope you and your fam can come for the ride! Let’s support more allergy education in our schools!


Kyle Dine’s Kickstarter Launch Date is Set – Nov. 21st



We are officially three weeks away from launching the Kickstarter campaign that will help bring food allergy education into more schools than ever before!

Am I excited? Yes!
Am I little nervous? Well, yeah!

I have purposely delayed the launch date for this campaign until late November as I will finally be done my fall tour by then. Life on the road is tough. Life on the road while running a Kickstarter campaign is impossible. I look forward to giving this campaign 100% so we can tackle the biggest hurdle in making this video a reality – funding.

I will be releasing much more information as we get closer to November 21st, such as the reward levels and the Kickstarter promotion video I recorded this fall. Please sign-up to my video project mailing list for project updates and knock knock jokes :) – all of the info you need is at www.foodallergyvideo.com.

Here we go!


FAACT Teen Conferece

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Kyle Dine & Kenton Duty Leading FAACT’s Teen Conference!

Who is joining us in Chicago?!

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, FAACT‘s Inaugural Teen Conference in Chicago is sure to be a treat! Teen sessions will be led by food allergy musician Kyle Dine with help from two FAACT spokespersons, actor Kenton Duty and figure skater Kendall Hollinger.

This is your chance to meet others who share the same experiences as you and your family.

Dates you need to know for the Teen Conference in Chicago:
• Conference: October 24-26, 2014
• Hotel Deadline: OCTOBER 14*
• Registration Deadline: October 15

* Hotel rooms may be reserved at standard rates based on availability.

What better way to tackle Halloween food-allergy frights than a fun Halloween-themed weekend?! Special events include:

• A carnival-themed teen social Friday night with “Murder at the Masquerade” by The Murder Mystery Co., with games, prizes, magic, and a murder mystery at the masquerade!
• The Saturday night teen social, “Halloween Monster Mash Dance Party,” will be full of dance, music, karaoke, games, and a COSTUME PARTY! Costumes must be age-appropriate.

There will be a Parent’s Social Friday evening while the teens are enjoying their night of mystery.

Registration fees, speaker bios, and the teen and parent schedules are available on our Web site. If you are a FAACT Patron, you received a discount code to use while registering. (Misplaced it? E-mail Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org for details.)

Don’t miss our Teen Conference in Chicago – a Halloween-themed weekend full of magic, mystery, team building, and education.

Thank you to our National Sponsors, Sanofi US and Enjoy Life Foods, for making this weekend possible!



Food Allergy Bloggers Conference Recap

I was so unbelievably thrilled to be able to attend the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference (#FABlogCon) in Las Vegas last weekend.

I admit….I am not the best allergy blogger as I think I average one post a month! However, you know my main mission is to spread awareness through music, and I loved having the opportunity to meet and network with so many incredible bloggers, advocates, companies and more at this conference.

I was lucky to attend on behalf of Anaphylaxis Canada who was one of the conference sponsors. They have two great blogs that I highly recommend you subscribe to for their unique content:

1) Allergy Free Press – Blog written by teenagers with food allergies (www.allergyfreepress.com)

2) Adults with Allergies – Blog written by allergic adults – you guessed it! (www.adultswithallergies.com)

I also moderated a panel on food allergies and intimacy which I thought went over very well. I work a lot with allergic teens, and pulled together some first-hand accounts from teens and their thoughts on the topic. There were many perspectives on the panel that helped create a really unique session.

I don’t even know where to start on describing how amazing this conference was. It was truly one of, if not the best conference I’ve ever attended. So many amazing topics were discussed, the food was unbelievable, and the organization by Jenny Mitchell Sprague and Homa Woodrum was top-notch. I see this conference getting bigger and bigger every year.

I loved meeting all of these amazing people face to face after years of collaborating online. I also met some new people doing some very creative things in the allergy world that I was happy to connect with. One of the most fun moments of the conference for me was the after-party on the first night. I decided to bring my guitar along with me, which then turned into a long night of singing and having fun.

I came out of this conference with so much more knowledge, connections, and friends. I can only hope to attend again next year and hope to see you there!

With my good friend Caroline Moassessi  from http://www.gratefulfoodie.com/

With my good friend Caroline Moassessi from http://www.gratefulfoodie.com/

One hilarious quote I saw this week "Only Kyle Dine can pull off a puppet at a cocktail party!"

One hilarious quote I saw this week “Only Kyle Dine can pull off a puppet at a cocktail party!”

Anaphylaxis Canada's table (more info at www.anaphylaxis.ca)

Anaphylaxis Canada’s table (more info at http://www.anaphylaxis.ca)

Getting to meet Jerome Bettis was an absolute thrill! He was my childhood idol - I'm a huge Steelers fan!

Getting to meet Jerome Bettis was an absolute thrill! He was my childhood idol – I’m a huge Steelers fan!


Having fun at the after party!


Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference

Kyle Dine Anaphylaxis Canada

I am really thrilled to be speaking at the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference this weekend in Las Vegas. I will be participating on behalf of Anaphylaxis Canada who has graciously decided to sponsor such a wonderful conference that brings together so many amazing and passionate allergy advocates and educators. I will be promote our brand new blog http://www.adultswithallergies.com I will be trading my puppets and guitar in for the weekend for a suit and tie which will be a change!

More details about the event can be found at: http://fablogcon.com/

Looking forward to meeting many great people there, and to share pictures and thoughts via Instagram and Twitter.