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Community Spotlight: Valerie Perez

To us, Kula means community. This month, we are featuring Valerie Perez. Over the last couple of years, Valerie has been diagnosed with many chronic illnesses, including Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Currently, she is raising money for a service dog that would help her navigate her daily life and manage her symptoms, and regain her independence. For more information on Valerie's chronic illnesses, watch this video.

From Valerie: "My diet restrictions are what led me to find Kula. Your guys’ chocolate lava flavor is my favorite! It feels so good to know there are brands out there that can accommodate my allergies. I haven’t eaten a waffle cone in years and when I was able to finally have one at the Leucadia farmers market, I just about cried tears of joy...This experience definitely aligns with the brand name meaning 'inclusion' and 'belonging.'"

We are joining in Valerie in her fundraising efforts! During October 6-9, 10% of our storefront proceeds will go towards Valerie and her service dog! Please visit our storefront during these days to help her raise money! If you won't be able to visit our storefront during these days, we encourage you to donate directly to her GoFundMe page!

To learn more about Valerie and her journey, follow her on IG and Tiktok @thattreehuggingspoonie and check out this video.

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